Futo He-li-an-thus 2016
The 2016 He-li-an-thus is a wine that draws you in. Vibrant aromatics and silky, lacy textural nuances speak to finesse above all else. Creme de cassis, blackberry preserve, chocolate, alpine herbs and wild flowers all grace the palate, with a fabric like tannin that accentuates the wine's purity. With time in the glass, more volcanic and mineral impressions add to this perfumed complexity. The He-li-an-thus embodies the spirit of our work; beautiful to the senses but with extreme precision in arrangement. 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 14% Petit Verdot, 5% cabernet Franc. 335 Cases.
96 Points Jeb Dunnuck, 95 Points Wine Advocate
It's a story of true beauty and passion. On the western hillsides of Oakville, Napa Valley, lies FUTO Estate. Nestled in gently rolling hillsides between the valley floor and the Mayacamas Mountains, Tom and Kyle Futo began their winery in 2002. They expanded their estate vineyard holdings with the purchase of a picturesque property in Stags Leap District where their Cabernet vines grow on volcanic rock outcroppings. They believe the pinnacle of wine quality comes from hand farming hillside vineyards. The extra effort it takes is justified at every harvest. Their vineyard management is 100% in-house, and they feel this is the best way to not only achieve consistency, but to also improve with every vintage. Their attention to every tiny detail is astounding. Their winery is a stunning example of artistic form that is perfectly functional. Small tanks for fermenting separate vineyard lots sit above the cellar rooms where the free run juice is fed by gravity through their minimal intervention winemaking process. No detail was overlooked in producing these world-class wines, and they are a treat to any collector's cellar. We're proud to offer these four 2016 FUTO Estate red wines.