NEW! We scored just a handful of cases of Futo’s showpiece wine from their hillside Oakville Estate. Galloni called this “Deep, powerful and exquisitely layered throughout, [with] captivating balance and intensity from start to finish. Mocha, plums, black cherries and new leather meld together with that classic sense of Oakville creaminess and texture that is so typical of these hillside vineyards. The 2014 is shaping up to be a real jewel of a wine. As always, the Futo includes a healthy amount of Cabernet Franc, which is just magical here.”
“Futo is already one of the superstars in a competitive and formidable lineup of top wineries in Napa Valley.” – Robert Parker Back in 2017, your response to the 2013 He-li-an-thus wine was a gratifying thing to see. Here’s a young winery doing everything right, from a gifted winemaker, Jason Exposto, to an expertly farmed hillside site, and finally a backer—venture capitalist Tom Futo—who spares no expense in the cellar. Greatness can be the only result, and you responded. So imagine our delight when Jason Exposto and Jessica Futo graciously agreed to part with a handful of cases of their Futo wines, wines that are praised to the skies by the critics, and made in such small quantity that they are vacuumed up by their mailing list. Well, not all of them. When your neighbors are Harlan Estate and Bond, you must bring your “A” game on every level, from meticulous farming to perfectionist winemaking, to merciless triage in the cave. Futo aims for what they call “concentration and buoyancy,” and one of the ways they achieve this is by never using any press wine, whatsoever, so there is never a seam or a hard edge to be found on any of the wines. Act fast to secure your share of these mailing-list escapees. We acquired just a handful of cases of each of these wines, near-impossible to find outside of world-class restaurants.
The 2014 Oakville Proprietary Red is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot. This is a fabulous effort as well, more sexy and up-front than the 2013 at the moment, with gorgeous blueberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with licorice, graphite and subtle background wood smoke. Opulent and voluptuous, with terrific ripeness, density and a layered mouthfeel, this is a killer wine to drink over the next 25-30 years.
The 2014 Futo is the most impressive of the 2014s here. Deep, powerful and exquisitely layered throughout, the 2014 possesses captivating balance and intensity from start to finish. Mocha, plums, black cherries and new leather meld together with that classic sense of Oakville creaminess and texture that is so typical of these hillside vineyards. The 2014 is shaping up to be a real jewel of a wine. As always, the Futo includes a healthy amount of Cabernet Franc, which is just magical here.
The beauty and sincerity of this wine is so mesmerizing. Floral, blueberry and blackberry flavors as well as violets. Medium-to full-bodied, soft and silky. Refined and beautiful. A balanced and ethereal wine. Sneaks up on you. Hard not to drink now.