Stylus is the supreme expression of Franciscan's signature in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The engraving on the label presents an aerial perspective of a wine press that symbolizes Franciscan's commitment to creating exceptional wines in hundreds of small lots and blending them to perfection.
2006 is a very good vintage. A cool, wet spring lead to a late harvest, two weeks behind normal. A July heat spell was followed by moderate August and September temperatures, and excellent slow, even ripening. The conditions resulted in densely woven wines with dark fruit, big structure and rich texture.
Intense nose of ripe cherries, cassis, chocolate, anise, with subtle notes of sage and tobacco. Layered and rich.
Dense and full-bodied with ripe blackberry, black cherry, coffee, and cassis flavors. Richly structured with a supple mouthfeel and velvety tannins, leading to a smooth and elegant finish of mocha and plum.
91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petite Verdot, and 4% Malbec
I enjoyed this wine on its own, but loved it with my NY steak.