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LaStella Maestoso Solo Merlot
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LaStella Maestoso Solo Merlot 2014

Osoyoos, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaMaestoso is one hundred percent merlot and the flagship red at La Stella. The style is a tip of the hat to the great Italian Masseto made by the Ornellaia folks. The blend of two vineyards, one in Osoyoos and one on the Golden Mile Bench is at the heart of this wine that while dense and structured is brimming with blueberries and Bing cherry fruit in 2014. The attack is spicy with more red and blue fruits, rich tannins and a warm smoky minty youthful tobacco back end. A T-bone steak would be the perfect match. The fruit comes off a mix of sites in Osoyoos Lake District and Golden Mile. It spends 18 months in 100 percent French oak barrels, 33 percent new, 56 percent second fill and 11 percent neutral oak.Tasted: 11 August 2017Tasted by: Prices: BC 89.99 winery direct, private wine shops Producer: LaStellaVarietal: MerlotCSPC: 151274UPC: 808755015184