- Producer: Futo Wines - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Jason Exposto
- Region (AVA): Napa Valley (Oakville)
- Blend: 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Merlot
- Vintage production: 658 cases
- Winery location: Oakville
- Owners: Tom & Kyle Futo
- First vintage: 2004
- Drinking window: 2022-2055
- Read the release offer: click here
About The Wine
The Oakville estate is located in the western foothills of the Oakville appellation. At elevations between 250 and 500 feet are six separate vineyard sites that span more than half a mile along the hillside. 25 distinct vineyard blocks are planted according to the topography, soil and microclimate. The soils consist mainly of decomposed sandstone and shale from ancient uplifted seabed. Cabernet Sauvignon is the predominating varietal, of which, several selections are planted. In addition, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Merlot are planted on several select sites across the 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.
Futo Wines began in 2002 when Tom and Kyle Futo purchased Oakford Vineyards. Oakford, a 40 acre property with 7 acres of vineyard, had been established in the 80’s. In 2004, an adjoining 117 acre parcel was added to the property, of which 6 acres were planted to vineyard under the direction of David Abreu and winemaker Mark Aubert.
Next, architect Howard Backen was called upon to design the winery. The winery was completed in time to receive the 2008 harvest. Also that year, Jason Exposto was hired to manage the day-to-day winemaking. By 2010, full winemaking responsibilities were handed to Jason. Late in 2011, the Futos completed the purchase of a property in the eastern hills of Stags Leap District. This 40 acre property included a 9 acre Cabernet vineyard planted in 1986.
FUTO Oakville Estate Red Wine 2016
“This wine comes from Futo's Oakville estate: six separate vineyard sites at 250 to 500 feet in elevation planted on decomposed sandstone and shale from ancient uplifted seabed. The first vintage was 2004. The 2016 Proprietary Red Estate is blended of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Merlot. Deep garnet-purple colored, it slowly unfurls to offer wonderfully savory notions of smoked meats, sautéed herbs, tapenade and truffles over a core of warm cassis, blackberry pie and kirsch plus suggestions of tilled soil, fallen leaves and espresso. Medium to full-bodied and built like a brick house, the lithe, muscular fruit is tightly intertwined with loads of mineral and savory nuances plus a firm frame of ripe, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing very long and incredibly layered. It was bottled unfined and unfiltered; 658 cases were made.”
98+ points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (The Wine Advocate, Dec. 2018)
“The aromas of currant bush, fresh herbs and dark berries are wonderful. Full to medium body, with extraordinary subtle and complex flavors of dark fruit and wet earth. Succulent finish. Shows vibrance and clarity. Hard not to drink now. Drink or hold."
98 points, James Suckling (May, 2019)
“The 2016 Futo has turned out beautifully, but it is clearly an infant. Time in barrel has given the 2016 extraordinary textural finesse and sensuality to burn. Soft, silky and enveloping, the 2016 is all class. Super-ripe dark cherry, mocha, wild flowers and spice infuse this succulent, exceptionally polished wine.”
97+ points, Antonio Galloni (Dec. 2018)
“Moving to the Estate release, the 2016 Estate offers a Graves-like gravelly minerality as well as beautiful, savory dark fruits, graphite, and dried herb aromas. It’s full-bodied, backward, and tight on the palate, but is just loaded with potential. Hide bottles for 4-5 years and it will keep for three decades or more.”
97+ points, Jeb Dunnuck (Jan. 2019)