Futo

Futo

OV SL Napa Valley Estate Red Blend 2015

Shay A
9.5

Last week was a combo of 4th Friday and Open That Bottle Night on back to back nights. Needless to say, the lineup between both days was full of heavy hitters, so I’m only posting standout bottles.

En mag 😳. Obviously crazy youthful, but there was a rambunctiousness to it that made this very fun to drink. I kept describing the wine as high toned/lifted. Incredibly perfumed and aromatic...sweet liqueur, kirsch, decadent blue and black fruits abound here. It’s very silky and suave on the palate with fine grained tannins. Sandalwood, creme de cassis, espresso, potpourri and dark chocolate dipped fruits are the stars of the show for this beautiful wine.
— a month ago

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Futo

5500 SLD Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

2012,2013,2014,2015 5500 SLD and 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 OV/SL. They were all superb. Maybe my favorite of all was the 2013 5500, but each was gorgeous in its own right. Just lovely wines and impossible to go wrong with any of them. — 6 months ago

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These wines need time I think @Eric LaMasters and they will get even better - I am just so happy for you and sad for me - actually balling my eyes out / i am sick from this tasting - 😭😭

Helianthus

Lazio Chardonnay 2013

This is the first vintage of Helianthus, a new wine from the daughter of Tom Futo. Very interesting Cab-dominant blend from Oakville. Deeply concentrated with obvious purity of fruit (a cherished Futo trademark). Alcohol, tea leaves, dry cedar, cooling ember and dark fruits with some tropical undertones dominate the olfaction. These aromas sort of conflate in a way that make it somewhat difficult to discern each component, but the resulting nose is welcoming and intoxicating. Palette is consistent with rich dark fruit and a vibrant mouthfeel indicating a structured wine with ample tannin and acidity. Enjoyed this even more tonight than we did at the property back in February! Avoid spilling this inky wine on furniture (as we did tonight...) — 4 years ago

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Futo

OV Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2010

2010 Napa cab retrospective at the 305 — a month ago

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Oakford Vineyards

Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 1996

A fun wine to accompany the Futo tasting, from the property that eventually became the core of Futo’s Oakville vineyard. Made by Heidi Barrett. This exceeded my expectations and still had lovely layers of fresh fruit. It shows what excellent terroir can accomplish irrespective of winemaker. — 6 months ago

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So jealous

Masseto

Toscana Merlot 1997

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1997 Tenuta dell Ornellaia Masseto Merlot. Drank w B&K K at Aliemento. First wine of the night. Fantastic! Drank amazingly. Super smooth, long finish, balanced fruit and minerals. Loved this wine the most of the evening- compared to the 1989 Vega Sicilia Unico Ribera Del Duero or the 2006 Futo. — 4 years ago

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Futo

Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2009

Loved this way beyond expectations — 2 months ago

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Realm Cellars

Moonracer Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Shay A
9.6

Last week was a combo of 4th Friday and Open That Bottle Night on back to back nights. Needless to say, the lineup between both days was full of heavy hitters, so I’m only posting standout bottles.

If you want decadent and powerful, this is your huckleberry. This was so good! Where the Futo was high toned and lifted in profile, this was more dense and all encompassing. The glass smelled of fondue dipped black cherries, blueberries, fresh squeezed blackberries, baking spices like cinnamon and vanilla, with some savory graphite just at the end. It’s a total flavor bomb (in a good way) on the palate because of how focused it is. Nothing stewed, overripe or flabby. Creme de cassis, dark chocolate, cedar, cascading dark fruits toward the finish. Big structure but so nimble. This reminds me of Shafer HSS. Nice bottle
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Beautiful juice.

Bryant Family Vineyard

Proprietor Grown Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Surprisingly, this one was not as big as the Futo. I am a big fan of anything from Prichard Hill and was intrigued seeing this one on the list. Gave it an hour to open up and had a fantastic ribeye to pair it with! In retrospect, I think I would have flipped the sequence. (All bullshit aside on sequencing, this is still an amazing wine and I am just being anal).. The color was still a nice deep violet with strong dark fruits. Great pedigree with Helen Turley on the planting and David Abreu on the vineyard management. What could ever go wrong? — 10 months ago

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