2014 marks the inaugural release of Espressivo – the newest member of the LaStella Family. 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.
2014 Espressivo is as outstanding as we thought it would be during its upbringing in the barrel; 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. The fruit profile is darker, married with savoury, herbaceous and spicy notes. The tannins are edgier and the wine is more expressive on the nose. We look forward to following the evolution of this wine in the bottle for years to come.
|Region:||40% North Oliver, 20% Golden Mile, 40% Osoyoos Lake District|
|Age of Vines:||mostly in their teens|
|Aging:||18 months in 100% French and Slavonian oak barrels; 20% new, 40% second fill, balance in neutral barrels|
Creamy, spicy, flashes of bitterness on the palate, dry and chalky texture. Lovely restraint here – the fruit is clearly ripe but not allowed to be overindulged. (RH)14.5% Drink 2018-2024
Richard Hemming (MW) | Jancis Robinson | Tasted: Fall 2017
Lovely savoury old-world stylings in this new “super tuscan meets BC” release from La Stella, A blend of cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and a splash (5 percent) santiovese. Restrained yet powerful, with stones, dusky cassis, textured with worn wood and firmly structured. Tannins are potent, but fine, and gritty with the intent to house the fruit. Impressive now, and will be more so with age.
Treve Ring | Tasted: Sept 2017
Un assemblage rouge, en grande partie, de cabernet franc ainsi que 20% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot et une trace de sangiovese. Style Bordelaise avec une très jolie structure tannique qui mérite encore quelques années de garde pour s’assouplir. Elegant avec notes de feuilles séchés ainsi que des fruits rouges and noir. Belle fraîcheur en bouche.
Sara d'Amato | Tasted: Juin 2017
Expressivo is a new (as yet unreleased and unpriced) blend that attempts to express Tuscany, with 5% sangiovese tucked in among 55% cab franc, 20% cab sauvignon and 20% merlot. And indeed it does capture the red currant, earthy and wild fresh herbs and sour edges of an Italian red quite nicely. It’s full bodied, elegant, quite richly textured, warm and powerful, trailing warm alcohol (14.5%), French and Slavonian oak is nicely embedded here with the latter providing a subtle cedary/woodsy ambiance, along with the effect of the dusty tannin. The length is excellent.
David Lawrason | Wine Align