2019 Fortissimo 3 L
FORTISSIMO IN 7 WORDS
Cherry Meaty Herbal Cigar Graphite Rustic Bold
Fortissimo is our way of paying respect to the pioneers of Tuscany who challenged the traditions of winemaking in the 50s and 60s to gain recognition for their wines. 2019 Fortissimo is particularly charming for a young structured red and is more readily accessible than typical vintages. All the components are married seamlessly together. The large format puncheons and Hungarian / Slavonian oak are evident in the subtle way the oak is present with whispers of baking spice notes. Overall the wine has fantastic layers of fruit and savoury flavours. Bing cherry mingles with red and black cherry fruit. Aromatic herbs
and cured tobacco leaves are also starting to emerge. The savoury profile in this wine is even more accentuated in this vintage. The palate is layered and while it is still young and somewhat morphed into itself, it still offers plenty of
pleasure in youth
This wine matched with Tuscan-style cooking is a match made in heaven. Tuscan wild boar stew or rabbit ragu over polenta are two of our favourites.
Vegetariano / Vegano:
Potato tortellini with a hearty tomato sauce or a rich vegetarian Cacciucco with Tuscan seasoning are delicious pairings with this wine.
Region: Okanagan Valley
Age of Vines: 8-14 years old
Production: 2158 Cases
Ageing: 15 months 100% in French Oak barrels, 6.6% new and 12.3% in Puncheon
It was no surprise finding out that this wine was from La Stella, who have been bottling intelligent, complex blends from the beginning. All the grapes of the blend (mostly merlot, with cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc) bring something to the table in a deep and complex wine. A stunner