2014 Maestoso “Solo” Merlot

Winemaker's Notes

Maestoso is the highest peak in the crescendo, that moment of majesty. It is our flagship wine and the jewel in the crown of LaStella.

In our continuing efforts to ensure that this already breathtaking and astoundingly rich wine is as complete and hedonistic as possible but still carry with it some restraint, we blended in 11% Merlot from our cooler Feuille d’Or vineyard in the Golden Mile to help lift the natural acidity and thanks to its poor, rocky and excellent drainage soil bring some grit and back of the palate tannins to the finished wine. Maestoso is always opaque in colour and 2014 is no different. On the nose one finds pronounced notes of salal berries, smoked meat, stella and lipin cherries and café mocha. Huge mouth coating, creamy, ripe tannins leads through to an astonishing finish lasting well over a minute. A monumental wine indeed.

Pairings

Maestoso demands the best cut of meat available: a dry aged, grass-fed rib eye would be ideal. A simple preparation will let the wine speak to you and show you all that it has to offer.

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