2017 He-li-an-thus Proprietary Red Napa Valley

(Net Item - no discounts apply)

This young project from Jessica Futo and Futo winemaker Jason Exposto earned our coveted and rare 3-star rating in our notebooks in 2014. It’s a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc. The perfumes waft from the glass in a dizzying array: crushed huckleberry, dark chocolate, red roses, turned earth, iron, and even a little minty, peppery pop that suggests grains of paradise. This hillside vineyard in Soda Canyon and a rockstar winemaker in Exposto have created a savory, SPECTACULAR wine year after year since inception.

“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.

Red Blend
Mark Aubert
Oak Treatment:
French Oak
Napa Valley
Stags Leap District
Total Varietal Composition %:
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
SKU #:
750 ml Bottle

Jeb Dunnuck

A blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, the deeply colored 2017 He-Li-An-Thus is still primary and juicy, with a rich, ripe bouquet of blue fruits, cassis, candied violets, and plums. Full-bodied, rounded, and sexy, it's one of the most opulent and sexy wines in the vintage. It still has terrific freshness and elegance, as well as purity. Drink it over the coming 20 years or more.