A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot from Tom Futo (who owns gorgeous vineyards in the foothills of the Mayacamas mountains, just below Harlan Estate), this dense ruby/purple-colored 2004 reveals superb aromas of spring flowers, blueberries, black raspberries and black currants. The texture is sensational, and the wine is full-bodied, powerful and long. Combining elegance, finesse and power, it is one of the superstars of the vintage.
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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