2010 Maestoso 1.5L
We celebrate the fact that we make wine in a region where vintage variations play an important role. Atypical growing seasons are a nightmare for commercial wineries interested in making consistent but boring wines. For us however, it defines our interest in wine. We look forward to seeing what mother nature gives us to work with each year. It is the effects of each vintage on the finished wine that urges us to start verticals of our favourite wines then follow their evolution and discuss their merits at tastings with friends.
This is our flagship wine; the jewel in the crown.
In our continuing efforts to ensure that this already breathtaking and astoundingly rich wine is as complete and hedonistic as possible; we blended in a small amount of Merlot from our Feuille D' Or vineyard in the Golden Mile.
Maestoso is always opaque in colour and 2010 is no different. There is a pronounced nose of blue fruit, smoked meat and cafe mocha. Huge mouth coating, creamy, ripe tannins leads through to an astonishing finish lasting well over a minute.
Maestoso demands the best cut of meat available. A simple preparation will let the wine speak to you and show you all that it has to offer.
|Region:||Osoyoos Lake District, Golden Mile|
Glacio Fluvial and Fluvial Fan: Clay and Gravel mix, Alluvial deposit and Sand
|Age of Vines:||13 to 18 Years|
|Yield:||2.65 tons per acre|
|Production:||142 cases, 28 cases of 375ml, 24 magnums, 6 double magnums|
18 months in French oak. 85% in neutral 1000L Botti, 10% new oak, and 5% in second fill.
Maestoso Solo is the flagship label at La Stella, and it's 100 percent merlot. The majority of the fruit comes off the high terrace estate, Lumeno Vineyard, with the remainder coming off a site on Golden Mile Bench. It's showier than Equinoxe, thanks to a 20-month sleep in a mix of Slavonian and French barriques and puncheons, of which 58 percent were new. The oak is well done but plays into the style and, when combined with savoury aspects of the south Okanagan, plumps up the mid-palate, bursting with black plums and dense, dark cassis. The tannins are 2017 sturdy but not overpowering. You could take a run at this now but leave it five years and beyond for best results.