Ottawa, ON

June 2017


Matt’s review:  Stratus Red 2012 – This impressive Niagara-on-the-Lake winery consistently produces some of the finest wines available in Ontario.  2012 was the best growing season the winery had experienced which enabled the grapes to achieve their optimal ripeness thereby contributing to the big and bold style that this red blend exhibits.  Winemaker J-L Groux showcases his talent for assembling complex premium wines with the finished product composed of 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Cabernet Franc, 26% Merlot, 13 % Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec, and 3% Tannat (yes, Tannat!),  that spent 622 days in 35% new French oak.  Deep ruby with an opaque core, it’s inky with rich and concentrated dark fruit, fleshy black plum, sweet spice, truffle, and pepper aromas.  Boasting a very robust structure that’s loaded with fine tannins, and a remarkable freshness on the palate that showcases the winemaker’s delicate touch and craftmanship in assembling such an elegant yet powerful wine.  A cellar candidate that will reward an extra 5-10 years of aging.  Enjoy 2017-2027.  Tasted June 2017. 93 points.  Matt Steeves –

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