2010 Stratus Cabernet Franc Reserve


The much-celebrated 2010 vintage really allowed Niagara’s red varieties to show their true potential within the region, and our Cabernet Franc Reserve was no exception. Displaying a multi-layered glass-filling bouquet of blackberries, perfumed violets, smoky dark tar, black olive tapenade, integrated oak spices, and a pronounced graphite character reminiscent of the very best Loire Chinon, this wine deserves some time in a decanter before serving, so as to allow the wine to evolve just a little more. The palate is deep, dark, generous, and rich with densely packed core of classic dark berry fruits. The textured tannins are chewy and dusty, the acid profile pronounced and yet in perfect balance. Even after 19 months in new French oak barrels, followed by almost the same time in bottle, this impressive example of Niagara Cabernet Franc certainly has a long cellar development ahead of it.

Growing Conditions

2010 began with a relatively mild winter and lower than usual precipitation. Bud-break occurred one to two weeks early across the region, allowing for a positive start to what turned about to be a fantastic year. Warmer than average temperatures endured throughout the spring and promoted great growth without being too hot to shut down the vines. Hot conditions prevailed throughout the summer with occasional bursts of high rainfall. Veraison was approximately one week early in some varietals. Diligent leaf removal and fruit-thinning throughout the vineyard, combined with these ideal growing conditions, allowed for highly concentrated, healthy fruit and a slightly earlier harvest. Following the heat of summer, temperatures swung unusually low in the late fall and the grapes for our Icewine Red were harvested on December 14.


Cabernet Franc
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
J-L Groux
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
18 °C
Drinking Window
2013 - 2022
Harvest Date
November 15, 2010
568 days in French oak - 100% new