2011 Franciscan Estate Stylus Cabernet Sauvingon Napa Valley
Wine Specs
Vintage
2011
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Napa Valley
Acid
5.9 g/L
pH
3.76
Aging
20 months in small 100% new French oak barrels.
Alcohol %
14.0

2011 Franciscan Estate Stylus Cabernet Sauvingon Napa Valley

Dark cherry, cardamom spice, clove, dark chocolate, and ripe plum drift out of the glass and intermingle with hints of anise, thyme and a touch of peppercorn.

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petite Verdot, a& 7% Merlot

Appearance: Deep Garnet

Aromas: Dark cherry, cardamom spice, clove, dark chocolate, and ripe plum drift out of the glass and intermingle with hints of anise, thyme and a touch of peppercorn. The oak provides hints of caramel, cedar, and tobacco.

Flavors: A rich and full wine with generous body and a smooth, seamless progression from start to finish. Notes of ripe cherry, mocha, vanilla, and cassis lead to a lingering long, supple finish. Hints of clove, cocoa, and blackberry linger on the finish.

Vineyard Notes
2011 was another cool growing season. December was very wet, with January very dry and warm. La Niña brought more late-winter rains and spring showers through the end of June. The rainfall total for 2011 ended up at 125% of normal. Two weeks of summer heat at the end of September led to the harvest of the first Bordeaux reds off of our Oakville Estate Vineyard on October 3rd. With an impending rain event, our vineyard crew worked to open up the canopy with leaf removal for air flow and sun exposure in early October. For the last three weeks of October, the skies cleared and the sun came out for a fantastic long stretch of dry weather. The rain and cool weather of early October paused ripening, and the Indian summer got maturation rolling again. It was unseasonably warm on some days, even reaching 90°F in Oakville on October 23. The Cabernet Sauvignon harvest at our Oakville Estate began on October 12th, and was complete on October 24.
Winemaker Notes
Stylus represents Franciscan's highest expression Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, and is their signature bottling of this noble variety. They create wine in hundreds of small lots, keeping each vineyard block separate to maximize its potential, and then blend to achieve harmony and perfection.

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most interesting and complex grape varieties. Franciscan Winemaker, Janet Myers, loves its body and texture, and its ability to express power and intensity with finesse. Stylus is a joy to make because of the extraordinary fruit that comes from Franciscan vineyards; her role is to shepherd the wine through to the bottle, bringing out its potential and allowing the fruit to express itself fully.

Production
Only 313 cases produced.
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