“These wines are stunning. It’s as simple as that.” — Antonio Galloni
The FUTO OV | SL showcases the synergy of our two estate properties. At its core are co fermentations of fruit from these hillsides that we believe 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 our 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.
68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot
633 cases bottled June, 2017
Totally seamless in the glass, the 2014 OV|SL is all about levity. Inky blue/purplish fruit, spice, lavender, and licorice give the 14 its many shades of nuance. But it is the harmony and balance that speaks to the synergy of our two vineyard sites that really elevate the wine into the sublime.
81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc
499 cases bottled June 2016
As powerful and brooding this young wine was from barrel, the 2013 OV|SL has developed exquisite finesse and nuance to play off its natural concentration. Bright floral notes give striking aromatic lift to the rich, sumptuous fruit. Bright red cherry, blood orange, white pepper, and dried flowers build into a resonant, staining finish.
77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc
559 Cases bottled May 2015
The 2012 OV starts floral with chiseled red fruits turning darker with smoky minerals and a savory perfume. Energetic on the palate, flavors are focused on black raspberries and cherries, loamy soil, herbs and tannin that melts into a long, suave finish. Elegant but authoritative, this wine has it all.
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot
880 cases bottled May 2014
The 2011 OV opens with pungent tobacco, minerals and savory spice then slowly expands with time to include currants, cherries and floral elements. Full bodied but still showing a refreshing lift indicative of the cool season. Like the nose, the palate continues to change seemingly every minute in the glass. At one moment dark and brooding, the next, fresh and vibrant. The tannins are approachable now but the wine’s ability to evolve in complexity makes this a wine to follow through the years.
41% Cabernet Franc, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 13% Petit Verdot
497 cases bottled May 2013
Aromas of black cherry, cassis, flowers, licorice and well-seasoned oak. Rich and expressive in the mouth, the fruit character is complimented by mineral and savory elements making the wine inviting. There is enough acidity to keep this intense wine focused. Fine tannins carry the length and provide ample framework for aging and development.
501 cases bottled June 2012
The purity and volume of aroma is outstanding. Bright red fruits, fine minerals, and savory spice are each well defined but harmonious. Medium+ body with lots of energy on the palate. Cocoa powder-like tannins are sweet and fine adding grip and persistence. Finish is long and silky with great clarity of perfectly ripened fruit.
512 cases bottled June 2011
The 2008 OV sports an inky black color. The nose also reveals this dark density. Cabernet Franc driven aromas of violets and black truffle provide complex counterpoint to black cherry and boysenberry. A deep brambly liqueur-like character dominates the palate, while the nearly 15% Petit Verdot adds white pepper, cocoa powder and ample tannin structure. The sheer extract and size of this wine bode well for long cellar life.
356 cases bottled June 2010
Strong youthful aromatics of currant, spiced cherry and cedar wood. Flavors take up where the nose leaves off adding blue fruits, baking spice, smoky minerals and a citrus-like complexity. In the mouth the wine is full and rich with layers of sweet tannin and a long savory finish. Drink now for its vibrancy or cellar to your preference as this wine is built to last.
146 cases bottled July 2009
The 2006 OV blend draws its personality from the same sources as it big brother, the FUTO blend. The parallels in aromatics, body and overall intensity of this red blend give our OV the recognizable distinction that is this Oakville estate. Aromatics are vibrant and focused on fresh cherry and red currant layered with exotic spices. These aromatics carry over to the palate. The mouth feel is rich and generous with an abundance of velvety tannin. Matched to the ripe tannin profile, the complexity of this wine evolves further with smoky mineral notes. This red blend is built to improve with bottle aging but will provide an indulgent drinking experience through its youth.
125 cases bottled August 2008
OV is our nod to Oakford Vineyards, which once occupied part of the Futo estate. For two decades Oakford grew and produced wines of character that were true to the property. OV acknowledges this history, the wines and the people behind both. The inaugural vintage, 2005, is a strong compliment to the FUTO. It is well structured and packed with dark cherry and smoky minerality.
126 cases bottled July 2007