• Producer: Futo Wines - read about the Estate
  • Winemaker: Jason Exposto
  • Region (AVA): Napa Valley (Napa Valley)
  • Blend: 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 14% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot
  • Vintage production: 556 cases
  • Winery location: Oakville
  • Owners: Tom & Kyle Futo
  • First vintage: 2012
  • Drinking window: 2024-2057

 

About The Wine

 

The FUTO OV | SL showcases the synergy of the two estate properties in Oakville and Stags Leap District. At its core are co-fermentations of fruit from these hillsides that Jason believes are perfect foils for one another. Oakville is imposing and impressive with its broad-shouldered stature, while Stags Leap is a timeless beauty with classic proportions. This wine is proof that 1+1 can equal 3.

 

The wine perfectly captures both, the vintage and the synergy between the two sites. Rose hip, black cherry, and sweet savory aromas point to the natural richness of the year in its amped up expression. On the palate, chiseled cassis, raspberry and violet flavors pulse with energy, onto a layered graphitic infused bed of fine tannin. Even with all of its aromatic and flavor explosiveness, there is a level of translucence and energy that elevate the wine.

 

FUTO OV|SL Estate Red Wine 2018

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  • "Very cool with conifer, mushroom, chili, currant and pine-needle aromas. Full bodied with saturated tannins that just fill the mouth. Gorgeous length and depth. It builds nicely on the palate. The quality of the tannins is beautiful. 66% cabernet sauvignon, 17% cabernet franc, 14% merlot and 3% petit verdot. Unfined and unfiltered. Fabulous to try now, but will be even greater in 2025.

    98 points, James Suckling (Feb. 2021)

     

    "Always a co-ferment of two sites, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon OV|SL reveals a dense purple hue as well as gorgeous crème de cassis, graphite, wildflowers, crushed stone-like minerality, and new leather-like aromatics. These carry to a full-bodied, concentrated, powerful 2018 that has the vintage's more reserved, focused mouthfeel, building tannins, and a great finish. This beautiful, impeccably balanced 2018 needs 3-5 years of bottle age and will keep for 30+.

    97+ points, Jeb Dunnuck (Jan. 2021)

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