2009 Stratus Cabernet Franc

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This classic cool climate Cabernet Franc exhibits black cherries, red raspberries, earthiness, and a hint of fine wood spice from the wine’s 20 months of ageing in 47% new French oak barrels. The palate is undeniably ripe (in part due to yields being cut back to 1.4 tonnes per acre) but at the same time there is definite tannic astringency and pronounced acidity that speaks to both vintage and variety. The combination of these elements brings structure and definition to this balanced and polished wine. The 2009 Cabernet Franc is certainly worthy of some long term cellaring

Growing Conditions

J-L refers to the 2009 vintage as a wonderful but challenging year - one that is geared to the complex art of assemblage, judicious vineyard management and extremely low yields. 1.5 tonnes per acre were harvested on average.

Details

Varieties
Cabernet Franc
Vintage
2009
Body
full
Region
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
Winemaker
J-L Groux
Alcohol
13.5%
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
18 °C
Drinking Window
2012 - 2019
Harvest Date
December 7-8, 2009
Cooperage
601 days in French oak - 47% new