Espressivo is a Tuscan-inspired red blend much like its sibling Fortissimo, except Espressivo is Cabernet (Sauvignon and Franc) dominant while Fortissimo is Merlot dominant.
Espressivo 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.
2020 Espressivo while distinctly Okanagan, can be a ringer in an all Super Tuscan tasting. The fruit profile here is both red and dark bramble and currant fruit, married with savory, herbal, and spicy notes. Compared to its sibling Fortissimo, the tannins here are edgier and the wine is more structured yet also more expressive and lifted on the nose. We look forward to following the evolution of this wine in the bottle for many years to come.
Di Carne: Swiss chard gnudi with lamb ragu, braised rabbit pappardelle pasta,or confit duck leg with Tuscan beans.
Vegetariano/Vegana: Lentil pasta with braised tofu and mushrooms or cashew cheese lasagna with southern Italian peperonata.
Grape Variety: 40% Cabernet Franc, 27% Merlot, 22.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10.5% Sangiovese
Grown: 92% Osoyoos Lake District, 8% North Oliver (extension of Black Sage Bench)
Vineyard: 44% Selona, 23.5% Lumeno, 23% Le Point de Vue, 8% U2, 1.5 Stagg's
Soil Origin: Various
Soil Type: Various
Age of Vines: Varied
Yield: 3 tons per acre
Production: 437 cases
Clarification: Unfined, very lightly coarse filtered
Aging: 15 months in 27% oval oak tanks, 73% French oak barrels. Balance in Slavonian oak.