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.
93 points. 4/5 Value
La Stella’s 2017 Maestoso is a dark and sumptuous wine, fleshy but structured, firm but voluptuous, filling all crevices. The palate is awash in plummy black fruit, with generous shavings of integrated oak, lingering impressively on the finish. This is bold, broad concentrated red wine, designed to age; this should hold comfortably until the end of the century, a fine example of BC merlot, easily in the top echelon. Tasted January 2021.