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2019 Vivace Pinot Grigio

Winemaker's Notes

We celebrate the fact that we make wine in a region where vintage variations play an important role. Typical growing seasons are a nightmare for commercial wineries interested in making consistent but boring wines. For us, however, it defines our interest in wine. We look forward to seeing what Mother Nature gives us to work with each year. It is the effects of each vintage on the finished wine that urges us to start verticals of our favourite wines then follow their evolution and discuss their merits at tastings with friends.
Careful canopy management, early picking, and selection from cooler microclimates has given us a wine with low alcohol % but one that is lively, full and chiseled. Vivace greets you on the nose with a very expressive note of bergamot rind, desert vegetation (sage) and lime juice. The palate is packed with a melange of citrus fruit before it finishes with tart apple and zest notes. The long finish carries on way beyond what many come to expect from this humble but noble grape variety. Vivace is Grigio gone to CrossFit.

Please note prices do not include applicable taxes or bottle deposit (PST 10% and GST 5%)

Pairings

Fresh coastal BC and Washington oysters are a no brainer. Salish Mussels steamed in a light white wine, lemon grass and ginger broth is also one of our favorite pairings

Region:Okanagan Valley
Soil Type:

Varried

Age of Vines:mid teens+
Yield:5 tons per acre
Production:1152 cases
Alcohol:12.6%
Aging:100% Stainless steel tank for 4 month on the fine lees

91 points

A wine should live up to its name and La Stella’s Vivace succeeds. In the great sea of pinot grigio ubiquity there can be some with a distinct energy that roll across the palate in waves. This is such a heart breaker, a “lively” PG that seems so much bigger and of more alcohol volume than it really is. The density of fruit and the balanced relationship with a thickness of acidity is how the breakers are developed, far out to sea and only realized just as they approach the shore. This will tumble over you with sudden haste and find you swimming in its juiciness, albeit a metallic oneand as with the best of northeastern Italy, unctuous to an Adriatic degree. Great fruit and winemaking heed are what make this happen. Drink 2020-2023.

Michael Godel  |  Wine Align  |  Tasted: Spet 2020

91 Points

Value: 5/5

The best Vivace yet manages to feel light and airy in the best expression of Italian pinot grigio, yet there is richness of flavour suggesting B.C./Alsace ripeness as well. It’s hard balance to strike, but done with a sure hand by winemaker Severine Pinte. Expect fairly generous aromas of peach pit, soft dried herbs and croutons. It is light to medium bodied (12.6%) with fine lacy acidity and a vague spritz intrinsic to its liveliness. The flavour depth/length is better than expected, the balance is close to perfect.

David Lawrason  |  Wine Align  |  Tasted: June 2020

“… Delicious in the mouth! Severine does it again! 2019 Vivace is a citrusy wonder with basil, sage and parsley Italian, natch), with juicy acidity, a dab of marmalade and a hint of beeswax texture. The Variety can be so much more charismatic than a critical consensus often suggests. I give you exhibit A.

 

Kurtis Kolt  |  Tasted: June 2020

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