Stratus Red 2010
- Rated 4 stars
- Reviewed by: Rick VanSickle
- Published on: December 22, 2013
- Last modified: December 22, 2013
The top red from Stratus, the point at which all other reds at the Niagara-on-the-Lake estate begin, is a classic blend of all 5 Bordeaux grape varieties, with the oak dialled back to 15% new barrels. This is a collector’s dream vintage, one in which improvement will come with time in the cellar. Look for a nose of cassis, blackcurrants, leafy tobacco, smoke, leather and integrated spices that open up as you swirl the wine in the glass. It is lush and deep on the palate with an array of black fruits propped up by subtle notes of tar, cedar, liquorice and a complex array of oak spices and tannins. I love the feel in the mouth and the complexity of all the moving parts.