2012 Stratus Cabernet Franc

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2012 was an outstanding red wine vintage and our three blocks of Cabernet Franc were hand-harvested the first week of November. After resting for 20 months in 52% new French oak, the resultant wine brings aromatics of dark cherries, mocha, black plum, with hints of graphite and cigar box spice. The full and expressive palate is one of luscious black fruit with a serious depth of flavor. This intense and ripe fruit core is supported by chocolate-like tannins and assertive acidity, leading to a rewardingly savoury and sustained finish.

Growing Conditions

The winter of 2012 was warmer and drier than in previous years with vine development starting very early in the season. An extremely warm March was followed by significantly cooler temperatures and frost in April. While devastating for many of our neighboring tender fruit growers, our vineyard buds had not yet "woken" to spring when the frosts hit and the crop thankfully did not suffer. Bud break did occur about 16 days earlier than usual which extended the length of the growing season. Summer temperatures continued to be above average with July being much drier than normal. Overall, the hot, dry climate resulted in the best growing season for Stratus to date and provided flawless fruit for an impressive lineup of wines.

Details

Varieties
Cabernet Franc
Vintage
2012
Body
full
Region
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
Winemaker
J-L Groux
Alcohol
13.6%
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
18 °C
Drinking Window
2014 - 2022
Harvest Date
November 2-8, 2012
Cooperage
595 days in French oak │ 52% new