2010 Stratus Cabernet Sauvignon


Limited Library Release

The 2010 vintage in Niagara was particularly kind to Cabernet Sauvignon, with this bottling exhibiting just what the grape is capable of in our region, when nature blesses us with perfect growing conditions. This inky ruby wine's 20+ months oak ageing is already showing excellent integration with the ripe dark fruit core. The nose is an abundance of blackcurrant and cedar; the palate has considerable depth and complexity that will certainly improved with time. The combination of intense black fruits coupled with supple tannins and soft oak leads to a long finish.

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 Sauvignon
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
J-L Groux
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
18 °C
Harvest Date
November 17-19, 2010
623 days in French oak - 37% new