If I Could Buy Only One – November 27th VINTAGES Release

We asked our writers, “If you could buy only one wine from this release, which one would it be and why?”


Stratus Red 2017

($49.20, Stratus Vineyards)
Michael Godel – The Stratus Red 2017 Niagara vintage was a great one for red blends, for reasons sometimes obvious, at times unexplained and more than anything, a matter of sorcery and magic. Four years later the best examples of meritage and assemblage are showing at peak. 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, briskly, 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.



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