|Drinking Start Year||2016|
|Drinking End Year||2018|
An intense, nuanced bouquet of rich exotic fruits, floral perfumes of white flowers, and subtle white pepper leads to a concentrated and balanced palate. There are both savoury elements and an acid presence that support the assertive stone fruit core, giving it an undeniable elegance rarely found in this grape outside of its ancestral seat of Condrieu in the Rhône Valley. Less than a quarter of this bottling saw just over 20 months in new French barrels.
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.