The 2014 Futo 5500 is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot. This is an incredibly sexy, broad, voluptuous and flattering style of wine, with an inky purple color and a big, sweet kiss of spring flowers intermixed with blueberry and black raspberry as well as some cassis. It has a full-bodied palate, but a wonderful lightness of being as it cascades with its fruit, glycerin and purity across the taster’s mouth This is a gorgeously proportioned, remarkable wine to drink over the next 25-30 years.
The Futo estate is located in the western hills of the Oakville appellation. There are five distinct estate vineyards that span more than half a mile along the hillside. Each vineyard is divided into half-acre blocks and planted according to the topography, soil and microclimate. Cabernet Sauvignon is the predominating varietal, of which, several clones and selections are planted. In addition, there are several acres of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot.
FUTO is the culmination of efforts to produce the finest Cabernet-based blend possible from our estate vineyards. In making FUTO they strive for a balance of complexity and focus. They believe the wine should display power while retaining the site-specific characteristics that make the wine unique.
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