FUTO Estate

The regal wines of FUTO Estate stand among the modern ‘First Growths’ of Napa Valley, exuding a level of purity, elegance and sheer quality that few will ever match. They are among the most sought-after allocations, with critical acclaim to match.

Story

FUTO Estate began in 2002 when Tom and Kyle Futo purchased Oakford Vineyards. Oakford, a 16 hectare property with 3 hectares of vineyard, had been established in the 80’s. In 2004, an adjoining 7 hectare parcel was added to the property, of which 2.5 were planted to vineyard under the direction of David Abreu and winemaker Mark Aubert. Next, architect Howard Backen was called upon to design the winery, which was completed in time to receive the 2008 harvest. Also, that year Jason Exposto was hired to manage the day-to-day winemaking, and by 2010, he took over full winemaking responsibilities. Late in 2011, the Futos completed the purchase of a property in the eastern hills of Stags Leap District. This property included a 3.6 hectare Cabernet vineyard planted in 1986.

Vineyards

FUTO Estate is comprised of two distinct sites in the western hills of Oakville, and the eastern hills of the Stags Leap District, each with around 5 hectares under vine.

The Oakville Estate has twenty-six delineated vineyard blocks that are planted in six different sites according to the topography, soil, and microclimate. The soils consist mainly of decomposed sandstone and shale from ancient, uplifted seabed. Plantings consist primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot planted on several select sites throughout the estate.

Across the valley, planted on steeply terraced hillsides, the Stags Leap Estate was once the site of a rock quarry. Old Cabernet Sauvignon vines planted in the mid-1980s comprise most of the vineyard, accompanied by an additional 1.6 hectares planted in 2015. The vines grow in fractured rhyolitic tuff, a type of rock composed of consolidated volcanic ash. The exceptionally well-drained soil provides ideal conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon.

Winemaking

Winemaker Jason Exposto mastered his trade working in his native New Zealand, Margaret River in Australia, Château La Mondotte in St. Emilion and Abreu Wines in Napa before joining FUTO In 2008.

The wines of FUTO Estate are recognised for their precision and purity of fruit which can only be achieved by meticulous viticulture and winemaking practices. In Jason’s own words: “With the pedigree of our vineyards, the caliber of our farming, and Napa Valley’s climate, I find myself using more restraint than influence in my winemaking. When scale comes so easily to a wine I focus more on developing and highlighting the elements that make the wine unique.”

Latest arrivals from FUTO Estate

2013 FUTO, Oakville Estate Red Wine 1x75cl

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Blend: 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot Vintage production: 501 cases
£433 / BottleDuty Status: Duty PaidAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days

2019 FUTO, 5500 Stags Leap District Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1x75cl

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Blend: 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot Vintage production: 330 cases The 5500 Stags Leap District Estate Vineyard surrounds Tom’s home in the foothills of the Mayacamas, on the site of an old... quarry. Since its inaugural release in 2012 this Cabernet has topped the charts for this AVA every vintage, and the 2019 stands to be considered the greatest ever wine from Stags Leap District. As Antonio Galloni says in his 100pt review: “This is quite possibly the greatest wine I have ever tried from here. Dazzling.”
£427 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £515.60 / BottleAvailability: Future ArrivalPlease contact us to know more

2019 FUTO, Oakville Estate Red Wine 1x75cl

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Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage production: 485 cases The Oakville Estate Vineyard lies in western Oakville, overlooked on three sides by Harlan Estate, BOND Winery, and Promontory Winery.... The 2019 is unique as the first vintage to be 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and, in out opinion, would outperform its neighbours and peers to the east including Screaming Eagle. Pure Cabernet cannot be any better than this, reaffirmed by James Suckling who scored it 100pts.
£427 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £515.60 / BottleAvailability: Future ArrivalPlease contact us to know more

2019 FUTO, OV|SL Estate Red Wine, Napa Valley 1x75cl

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Blend: 55% cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Cabernet Franc, 16% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot Vintage production: 860 cases For the OV|SL Estate Red, winemaker Jason Exposto is given carte blanche to pick any... vines, parcels, or barrels from across the Estate's two vineyards in Oakville (OV) and Stags Leap District (SL) to create a dream blend that showcases FUTO in its entirety. While the individual cuvées focus on Cabernet Sauvignon, OV|SL is a leader in the modern ‘Napa Blend’ of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, placing it alongside huge names like Bevan Cellars EE Red Wine, and Dalla Valle Maya. It more than competes with these and its other peers, and 99 points from Suckling leaves it snapping at the heels of its stable mates…
£275 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £333.20 / BottleAvailability: Future ArrivalPlease contact us to know more