2013 Stratus Cabernet Franc


An opaque violet-purple hue in the glass. The nose is of intense dark fruit and partnered with smoke, oak spice, graphite, and herbal (but not herbaceous) notes that add much to the bouquet's complexity. The palate is one of solid dark fruits, with more graphite mineral elements, and firm, yet supple, tannins bringing structure to the ripe black fruit.

"Ripeness is met head on and while the cured aspects are front and centre they are reasonable and given time, all will develop along a fine and proper line. There is still no Cabernet Franc comparable or matchable for commitment, style and effect in Ontario. Richness, hang time and sui generis are all in. So much pepper on the palate. That long finish speaks volumes. Drink 2017-2021. Tasted February 2016. Score - 91." (Michael Godel, winealign.com, March 10, 2016)

Growing Conditions

2013 started off well with a mild winter, and bud break was only slightly delayed by the cool spring. The warmth of August and September balanced the slow arrival of summer heat and dryness.

October's on-average warmer daytime temperatures, combined with cooler nights, helped to increase sugars while maintaining good acidity in the fruit. There was little mildew concern despite summer/fall humidity, and pest pressure was low as well.

Thanks to the higher overall moisture levels of the growing season, we had greater crop volumes in most whites and quick-ripening reds. Early fall frosts allowed for fast grape desiccation in later-ripening reds, leading to excellent flavour concentration. Harvest dates were near Stratus-normal. Winter arrived precipitously and with it, a record icewine harvest.


Cabernet Franc
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
J-L Groux
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
18 °C
Drinking Window
2016 - 2023
Harvest Date
November 19-20, 2013
552 days in French oak │ 23% new