I had this one at Corks the other night. Dark in color with a mild nose of dark berries and some alcohol on the nose. Almost vermouth like. On the mid pallet there are some black berries and noticeable alcohol present. The fruit has become quite subdued on this one. It had either been opened too long or it is past due. On the finish the wine has some lovely dryness and smooth tannins. This is a nice wine but I would guess it’s been kept too long. The 2008 is in the LCBO right now for a hefty 38.20. I would give it an 88.
From the LCBO web site for the 2008:
STRATUS CABERNET FRANC 2008 VINTAGES 665034 | 750 mL bottle Price: $ 38.20
Made in: Ontario, Canada By: Stratus Vineyards
Release Date: Mar 3, 2012
Wine, Red Wine
Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry
TASTING NOTE: Impeccably crafted, this characterful Cab Franc still shows a youthful ruby-purple colour in the glass. Dense, complex nose of blackberry, blueberry, black cherry, tilled earth and woodsmoke. Quite robust and plump for the vintage, with a medium-full body, supportive tannins and lovely depth of fruit. Culminates in a long finish, with superb poise all the way along. Age this wine 1-2 more years, or enjoy it tonight with blackened beef or lamb. (VINTAGES panel, Jan. 2012)