“Their debut release, 2004, has been followed by impressive wines in every subsequent vintage.” — Robert Parker
A complex wine from a complex 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.
The 2015 FUTO presents a bold sketch of this vintage in Oakville. From the first day in tank, each component of the blend had amplified depth and drive to its structure – in the winery, our only goal was to capture this in bottle. Crème de cassis, wet graphite, spring florals and licorice burst onto the palate in waves. Spectacularly rich and dense, the full and fine tannins are nearly buried underneath the florals and fruit. The settled acidity lifts the finish into a weightless mix of perfume and sweet savory. We believe the 2015 will enjoy an uninterrupted drinking window that will last decades.
71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot
530 cases bottled June 2017
The 2014 FUTO is a natural beauty. Aromatics soar from the glass with intense blackberry, cassis, juniper berry and violets that are brilliantly defined and focused. It is almost as if the palate and aromatic senses are as one. With the inner perfume of the wine influencing the mouthfeel, and the aromatics almost washed in sweet and elegant tannin. All of this momentum in the glass promises a thrilling experience now and long into the future.
65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot
600 cases bottled June 2016
A wine that has an aura, the 2013 FUTO grabs your attention. Incense, lavender, fresh blackberry aromatics are saturating, and constantly change in the glass. The fireworks continue on the palate: as the fruit shimmers between purple and red tinge, allied to deep background echoes of winter savory. The combo of ample suave tannin, purity, and complexity of flavor promise decades of positive evolution.
59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot
500 cases bottled May 2015
Opaque ruby-purple in color, the 2012 FUTO Oakville radiates complex aromas of lilac, brambly fruit, clove and charcoal. Texturally, this is perhaps the most approachable young FUTO since the 2007. The tannins are perfectly interwoven into the dense core of blackberry and blueberry liqueur along with notes of mocha, truffle and cedar. A full-bodied wine that never gets heavy and finishes with energy and purity. Drink now through 2035.
72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot
550 cases bottled May 2014
This wine’s aroma has it all: plums, incense, tobacco leaf, violets, and exotic spices. Zero racking and extended lees contact has given the 2011 FUTO a satisfying balance of creamy richness and superb freshness. Generous and inviting flavors of black-skinned fruits, cappuccino, citrus and cloves work in harmony with the sweet tannin and well integrated oak. While texturally approachable now, the inner density and complexity of this wine will continue to unfold with cellar age.
74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petit Verdot, 6% Merlot
488 cases bottled May 2013
The color of the 2010 FUTO is a fully saturated, glass staining purple-black. Intriguing aromas of mulberry, crushed lavender, black tea and graphite drench the senses. Despite some youthful reticence of flavor it is texturally accessible and magnificently rich. Sweet velvety tannins are seamless and broad as the wine travels across the palate. A striking liqueur-like minerality resonates on the long enticing finish. This combination of complexity, substance and nobility will reward long term aging.
460 cases bottled June 2012
The inky purple-colored 2009 FUTO is a formidable wine. Aromas lead off with a liqueur of blueberries and blackberries, creosote and florals. There is sensational richness but plenty of purity. Cabernet Sauvignon flavors dominate in the mouth with cassis, cedar and sweetened coffee. In its youth this wine seems to weave effortlessly between brooding and sensual. The brooding element will likely fade with 3-5 years of bottle age leaving a long-lived sensual beauty.
77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot
525 cases bottled June 2011
The 2008 FUTO is a fruit and liquid-earth emulsion. It leads with heady aromas of dark fruit confections, graphite, violets and incense. The palate is ripe, rich and savory. Flavors focus on blackberry, licorice and cracked pepper. The Cabernet Franc underpinning brings restraint and balance. The ripeness of the vintage will make this wine approachable in its youth, though the ample framework of tannin and acid promises graceful aging.
321 cases bottled July 2010
A wine of authority and clarity, the 2007 FUTO displays an inky purple hue. A nose of vivid blue fruit, crushed rocks, spring flowers, and cedar. On the palate, the wine reveals layers of depth and extract, with a core of opulent blue and black fruits, licorice and a suggestion of citrus oil. The finish is persistent with mouth-filling tannin complexed with sweet minerality. This vintage, while compelling in its youth, will continue to evolve with extended cellaring.
374 cases bottled July 2009
A wine of purity displaying a sense of place, the 2006 FUTO is a deep ruby-purple color with aromas of black cherry, savory spice, tar, and smoky minerals. The palate is dense and layered with black fruits, licorice, noble tannins and natural acidity. The sweetness of tannin and lushness of fruit create a compelling young wine, though the backbone ensures cellar value.
425 cases bottled August 2008
The intensity and color of the 2005 FUTO is deeply pitched red to black. The wine has vibrant clarity, which is a telltale of a great vintage. Aromatics are also vibrant with a fresh tone of red fruits, specifically cherries and raspberries. The complexity of this wine unfolds further to include earthy, soil-driven notes and exotic spices, such as Tamarind. The mouth feel is pure richness framed by ripe, supple tannins and fine acid structure. This red wine will continue to improve with bottle aging, but drink well near term.
235 cases bottled July 2007
Our 2004 FUTO is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from the two oldest blocks on our estate. It is driven powerfully by an intense expression of our Oakville property. This wine exhibits a plush mouth-feel, with red fruits, baking spice, mature flowers and savory tannins. This wine is by no means for the faint of palate, but with a few years of bottle age, this first effort continues to evolve and evoke a hedonistic experience, something we thoroughly enjoy.
80 cases bottled July 2006