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Stratus Cabernet Franc, 2019

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2019 Niagara Peninsula 750 mL, 13.3% ALC/VOL
Cabernet Franc
Critic's Rating 93 pts

Jammy notes of black fruit and cassis, clove, menthol, tobacco, black licorice and hints of leather and baking spice carry through the nose and onto the palate. Aging in old French oak for almost 22 months elevates the flavours and complexity while also adding a sophistication and roundness to the mouthfeel. Tannins are present, but not overwhelming. Dry and full-bodied, the wine is well-structured with an undulating finish.

Growing Conditions: Budbreak in most areas had a slight delay, however the sunny autumn drew out the end of the season. January started off mild but was a month full of significant weather events including extreme cold and heavy snowfall, which continued throughout February, while the rapid thaw in March was the major weather story of the spring. Significant snow melt led to high water levels for the start of the growing season. June brought summer weather with normal temperatures across Ontario and the growing season got under way. Flowering occurred quickly as the grapevines accelerated to make up for the late start. July was warm and sunny, punctuated by three short but intense heat waves, complemented by high humidity across southeastern and southwestern Ontario. Two significant rainfalls occurred in the month, maintaining soil moisture and supporting developing vines. August was warm and intermittently stormy, leading into a comparatively quiet September, cool with some rain – but bringing decent conditions to finish off the summer and begin the harvest season.

VQA Niagara Lakeshore

Critic's Rating

Franc needs to speak frankly, does not often enough and with 2019 Stratus' surely does. Smells like teen spirit cabernet franc, of essential pyrazine and super red fruit foot forward, the pulse on nature over nurture. Acts like the varietal relationship between vineyards and executors, right on kinship point, berries having been plucked at that precise moment where love and life are looked at from both sides. Genuine and fine, fresh as can be, high in generosity, structured with stealth ability. Amiable enough but more than just that, complex to a quantifiable degree and justifiably long. Drink 2023-2027. Tasted April 2022.
- Michael Godel, WineAlign
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