Ontario Reviews

Stratus 2012 Tollgate Red

The typical kitchen sink assemblage Stratus is known for is on full display here in this second (or third) tier wine, and it’s outstanding value makes it all the more worthwhile: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Gamay, Syrah, Tannat, it’s all in there plus I’m sure other grapes make an appearance in minor percentages. Great spicy notes along with cassis, pepper and blackberry which ends with vanilla and dark fruit – but this wine has more to offer and will show it more with time in both glass and bottle … and did I mention it’s a juicy little number and very non-aggressive, so it’s ready to drink now but will definitely benefit from a few years on the rack in the cellar.  Price: $19.95 – Rating: ****+

Red Blend
at the winery

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