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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. Winemaker's Notes
"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