LaStella Fortissimo 2017
Osoyoos, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
This Tuscan-inspired red continues to be tweaked and tightened year over year. In 2017, the blend was 60% merlot, 18% cabernet sauvignon, 13% cabernet franc, and 9% sangiovese, sourced from Osoyoos West and East Bench, the Golden Mile Bench, and Black Sage Bench. Utilizing large format Hungarian / Slavonian oak works to marry the parts seamlessly, evident even in this very youthful stage. It spends 15 months in puncheons (10% new) and neutral oak, before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Graphite, wild blueberry, plum and cherry rise through this year, buffered by ample, slightly sticky tannins and propped with natural acidity to a spiced violet, stony finish. Very much in youth and with angles to shed and tightness to give but the future is bright. It will be a worthy cellar addition for the next seven to ten years or an immediate partner for grilled lamb.