2017 Stratus Red


A deep nose of black plum, blackberry and mulberry, ripe and full, with hints of bouquet garni herbs, licorice and dark chocolate.

The palate is rich and sleek now but will gain even more fruit as it matures. Glossy but not jammy black fruit, licorice and fresh sage move smoothly through the midpalate and into the long finish.

The 2017 Stratus Red will age as expected of our Signature Red Assemblage but is already upfront and accessible.

"The Stratus Red has always stood apart, apposite, set aside from all the rest of Niagara’s red blends and so add in the inverse 2017 vintage to hold the fort. What happens here is exponential, more than doubling down but four times the singularity. Speaks in alacrity, brisk, in sharp ardor and just plain Stratus zeal. Juicy and luxe, enervating and youthfully brusque. There is a pecan barque to the exterior and a roasted to candied aubergine in the interior. To say it would pair well with open-fire charred oversized skewers of smoked beef or lamb shish kebab would be a grand understatement. Yet another magnanimous and well-rounded Niagara red." - 94 Points, Michael Godel, WineAlign

Growing Conditions

2017 began with above average winter temperatures and low snow precipitation. Spring was timely with bud-break occurring the week of May 8. Cooler, damp temperatures began soon after however and remained through the height of the growing season. Fortunately, an even flowering mid-June was not hindered by these conditions. Extra attention to cluster thinning and leaf plucking was taken to ensure high quality fruit. Fortuitously, summer weather seemed to start in September and carried through the warmest October in a decade. The total number of growing degree days soared during these two months allowing for delayed, but optimal ripeness. Perfect harvest conditions held through November. After the long and dry autumn, a sudden cold snap in mid-December allowed for an early pick of Icewine.


Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Petit Verdot
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
J-L Groux
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
18 °C
Drinking Window
2020 - 2030
567 days in French oak │ 30% new