2012 Stratus Merlot


The 2012 growing season shone favourably upon our Merlot, which had reached optimal physiological and phenolic ripeness when it was picked on October 15th. After some 20 months in barrel, the resultant wine shows a fine fruit/oak balance on both nose and palate. Displaying aromatics of dusty plums, cocoa powder, and pencil lead, the palate shows structure coupled with generous dark fruit. The tannins are ripe and chewy, leading to an extended mineral finish.

"I encountered this beauty during a tasting for WineryToHome.com. The fine 2012 vintage and the great winemaking of J.L. Groux has rendered a perfectly ripened, finely tuned merlot that would not be out of place in a tasting of modern Pomerols." (David Lawrason, WineAlign.com)

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.


VQA Niagara Lakeshore
J-L Groux
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
18 °C
Drinking Window
2016 - 2022
Harvest Date
October 15, 2012
614 Days in French oak │ 30% new