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A complex wine from a complex estate. The FUTO Oakville Estate Red Wine finds its feet with rich, sumptuous Cabernet Sauvignon but leans heavily on Cabernet Franc for poise and finesse. Petit Verdot is layered in for good measure. A wine of pure energy and vitality with a sense of total completeness. Deep and almost opaque in color, the pixelated black fruit, crushed flowers, and dark mineral aromas almost seem to envelop the senses. The palate is full bodied and possesses superb textural intensity. Black cherry, lavender, spice and blood orange all infuse the mid palate, while the layered tannin, that possesses glacial like purity, draws the finish long and ultra fine.
77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot
98+ Points Wine Advocate, 97+ Points Jeb Dunnuck
It's a story of true beauty and passion. On the western hillsides of Oakville, Napa Valley, lies FUTO Estate. Nestled in gently rolling hillsides between the valley floor and the Mayacamas Mountains, Tom and Kyle Futo began their winery in 2002. They expanded their estate vineyard holdings with the purchase of a picturesque property in Stags Leap District where their Cabernet vines grow on volcanic rock outcroppings. They believe the pinnacle of wine quality comes from hand farming hillside vineyards. The extra effort it takes is justified at every harvest. Their vineyard management is 100% in-house, and they feel this is the best way to not only achieve consistency, but to also improve with every vintage. Their attention to every tiny detail is astounding. Their winery is a stunning example of artistic form that is perfectly functional. Small tanks for fermenting separate vineyard lots sit above the cellar rooms where the free run juice is fed by gravity through their minimal intervention winemaking process. No detail was overlooked in producing these world-class wines, and they are a treat to any collector's cellar. We're proud to offer these four 2016 FUTO Estate red wines.