La Stella Fortissimo, 2009

004This is a beautiful big jammy mouthful of wonderful red that is a rarity in BC stores and we were lucky to have gifted at a dinner party.  What a blend.  Strong and assertive.  We were wowed that Osoyoos is churning out big reds of this caliber.  Lots of oohs and aahs.  I could lay on the superlatives but unfortunately this is a most stunning example of what we wrote about a few weeks back when we picked up a magnificent Washington blend for less than $15, and I quote:

That’s what many wine lovers in BC call the three-to-one and although incredibly common you rarely read about it in the Canadian wine review columns: Three wonderful, satisfying, delectable reds, easy access in the US, versus one hard-to-source expensive bottle in Canada.  And you don’t read about it much because the wine reviewers don’t pay exorbitant prices for wine and rarely run into access issues the way consumers do.  So, yes, that’s a dig at a) Canadian liquor taxes, b) the reviewers in their wine cloister, c) the wine establishment, and d) the consumers who don’t complain.


So sorry La Stella; it was nice while it lasted.


Price: Gifted, but I’m told $40+ if you can find it and I doubt you will.


Market Liquidity: Life goes on.

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