2016 Stratus Weather Report Cabernet Franc


Classic Cabernet Franc cigar-box aromatics team up with overt cassis, dried wild blueberry and forest-floor flavours. Dense and intriguing, this wine expresses the ripeness of the vintage and lingers with its youthful and chewy tannins.

"Maturing nicely at this stage, Stratus' "entry-level" cabernet franc displays all of the cool climate, floral character of the variety, with a deft touch of wood influence noted in the spice, integrating well with the intrinsic herbal side of the grape, yet ripened beyond the green/vegetal spectrum. Tannins are sleek and polished if still grippy, and acids are succulent and juicy as they should be. All in all, a fine and representative wine from Niagara, attractively priced for the premium quality. Tasted September 2020." 90 Points - John Szabo, WineAlign.com

Growing Conditions

The 2016 vintage will be long remembered for its ideal conditions. Winter was mild and dry with a late April snowfall delaying bud break ever so slightly. A warm and dry spring, especially during flowering, led to even cluster development. Dry conditions continued in May through the middle of August making it one of the driest summers on record. The warm days stimulated an early veraison that led to wonderful potential ripening for all varietals. Occasional but heavy late August rains were quickly absorbed without any negative impact. Everything was harvested relatively early by Stratus standards with the first Chardonnay for sparkling being picked in late August and the last of the Cabernet Sauvignon in mid-November. Outstanding quality and anticipated yields were achieved this vintage.


Cabernet Franc
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
J-L Groux
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
18 °C
Drinking Window
2019 - 2022
534 days in French oak │ 19% new