La Stella La Sophia 2013

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They said Cab Sauv doesn’t do well this far north. Not true. Here’s the myth buster! What a beauty with backbone …eh.


Gorgeous cassis, Scandinavian licorice, green peppers. A bright Cab with solid tannins and a firm backbone of acidity that makes it a great food wine. She’s still young and with the structure and tannins that are there, she’ll age well.

Having said that, there’s a wretched history of mediocrity in the Okanagan valley with this grape. La Stella has done something spectacular here with their grapes from the Black Sage Bench in the south Okanagan. More in style to Washington State Cabs than the decadence of California, La Sophia is breaking down barriers …and maybe with some help from global warming, the future is brighter for Cab in the OK.