2010 Stratus Cabernet Franc

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The expressive nose is one of intense black cherry, tobacco leaf, and pencil shavings. With a full 19 months in French cooperage, the palate is rich and giving, with ripe but firm tannins that speak to the warm vintage of 2010, and give great structure to support all the ripe dark fruit. The finish is extremely long lasting.

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.

Details

Varieties
Cabernet Franc
Vintage
2010
Body
full
Region
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
Winemaker
J-L Groux
Alcohol
13.5%
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
18 °C
Drinking Window
2013 - 2020
Harvest Date
November 15-16, 2010
Cooperage
578 days in French oak - 31% new