J-L is open to fresh ideas and believes in the future of traditions. At Stratus, you’ll find many new approaches to grape-growing and winemaking. Judged by the age-old standard of “what works best,” these innovations help J-L pursue a very traditional goal – outstanding, age-worthy wines that capture the essence of vintage and vineyard.
Ancient Art. New World.
Known as one of Niagara’s winemaking pioneers, J-L brought his vision of creating premium New World wines through the Old World art of assemblage to Stratus. Using the vineyard as his palette, he creates complexity through diversity by blending several grape varieties into one layered and richly textured wine.
J-L crafts his wines to have powerful aromatics, a round mouthfeel, complexity, significant length and the capability of aging at least seven to 10 years. This allows wine lovers to taste the benefits of patience and time.
Since inception, Stratus has embraced collaboration. To ensure the highest level of quality in all of its operations, the winery has sought global expertise on many matters including viticulture, sustainability and winemaking. In 2009, Stratus engaged renowned winemaker and viticultural consultant Paul Hobbs to bring additional international perspective to its operations in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada. Together, J-L and Paul exchange ideas and practices in the vineyard and cellar to add further dimension to the wines.
Hobbs is one of the world’s leading winemaking consultants, and is currently working with wineries in both the northern and southern hemispheres. A recent edition of The Wine Advocate referred to Hobbs as “one of the most brilliant consultants working in California.” Hobbs’ Viña Cobos winery is considered by many to be producing the finest wines in Argentina. Hobbs was raised in upstate New York, and comes to Stratus with a thorough understanding of both cool and warm climate viticulture.