- Producer: Futo Wines - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Jason Exposto
- Region (AVA): Napa Valley (Oakville)
- Blend: 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot
- Vintage production: 529 cases
- Winery location: Oakville
- Owners: Tom & Kyle Futo
- First vintage: 2004
- Drinking window: 2023-2043
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 Oakville Estate Red Wine 2017
“I love the 2017 Estate, which showed even better from bottle than barrel, always a good sign. More structured, full-bodied, tannic, and yet brilliantly balanced, it offers rocking levels of black and blue fruits, toasty oak, white flowers, and lead pencil. It has gained both weight and structure over its élevage and a solid 3-4 years of bottle age are warranted here. It should keep for over two decades.”
97 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Jan. 2020)
“Opulent and rich with iodine, blackberries, stone and hints of chocolate on the nose. Full-bodied and solid as a rock with fantastic tannin structure and a long, long finish. A wine for aging. Try after 2024."
99 points, James Suckling (Feb. 2021)