LaStella is owned by the same people as Le Vieux Pin but lies further south on the Osoyoos Lake. Severine Pinte is also the winemaker here but here she has more Bordeaux varietals to play with. Quantities are small and the wines are fairly premium but they come with lofty reputations, which are well justified.
2016 Fortissimo albeit young, and coming from a structured vintage is drinking well already. "Fine and fleshy, dark fruit scented, savoury, firm, drinkable, with fine acids, succulent and juicy. Plenty of dark cherry fruit, damson plums, black raspberry and more, with really nicely integrated wood influence. A balanced, savoury, essence, with very good to excellent length." 91 points - John Szabo MS, Wine Align, July 2018
"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. Silk Gloves come on, no expense is spared, and we pulled no punches. Maestoso is the reason we get out bed at the crack of dawn and continue the back breaking work till late in the evening. Maestoso is always opaque in color and 2015 is no different. On the nose, one finds pronounced notes of dark bramble fruit, dark roast coffee, black cherries, forest floor and vintage cigar box. Huge mouth coating velvety tannins lead through to an astonishing finish lasting well over a minute. A monumental wine indeed that restores wine lover’s faith in Merlot. Even the biggest nay sayers will be wowed." review from the winery.