2010 Futo Oakville Bordeaux Blend (1.5L)

SKU #1194825 98 points Vinous

 The flagship 2010 Futo is rich, deep and implosive. Layers of dark red fruit, mocha, licorice, spices and leather all flesh out in a dark, brooding wine loaded with class and personality. Graphite, cloves and violets appear later, adding complexity, but the 2010 is mostly a wine of structure and pure power. The finish alone is eternal. What a stunning wine the 2010 has turned out to be. The blend is 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Verdot. (AG)  (11/2013)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Proprietary Red Estate is composed of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot. A fabulous example of Oakville Cabernet, it exhibits a deep purple color as well as beautiful notes of lead pencil shavings, forest floor, blueberries, blackberries and blackcurrants, full-bodied power, and admirable purity and symmetry. It was bottled unfined and unfiltered. Drink it over the next 20+ years. Tom Futo’s beautiful Oakville estate just down the slopes of the western Mayacamas Mountains from Harlan Estate continues to build on a portfolio of brilliant, but limited production wines. Futo is increasing his holdings and recently purchased a Stags Leap vineyard planted in volcanic, white tufa soils that he calls 5500. All of these wines are sold via a mailing list. (RP)  (10/2014)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good deep medium ruby. Very ripe but lively aromas of black raspberry and licorice. Wonderfully rich, deep and fine-grained, but with integrated acidity restraining the sweetness of the plush raspberry and graphite flavors. This huge wine finishes long and strong, with substantial broad, supple, toothcoating tannins and lingering notes of nuts and roasted coffee. I retasted the impressive 2009 next to this wine, and I gave the 2010 a slight edge for its (relatively) cooler character and greater refinement. It will also need longer than the earlier vintage to reach its plane of peak drinkability. 94+ (ST)  (5/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Explosive fruit is framed by smoky, cedary oak, with a core of blackberry and wild berry flavors that are firmly tannic and shaded by an espresso-mocha flavor that adds dimension. Finishes with firm, gripping tannins and good length. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. (JL)  (10/2013)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.