Lots of great wines with friends; 12/19/2015-12/20/2015 (E, 4th St.): Definitely a step up from the 05. Cassis, blueberries, tobacco, floral notes and pencil lead on the nose. Great texture. Velvety yet great acidity. The palate has tightly layered complexity. It unwinds in the glass. Explosive fruit on the palate; blueberries and cassis. Firm tannins. Long finish. Beautiful wine that I think will continue to improve from here.
A super-dense, super-concentrated megablockbuster of a wine sculpted to defy all conceivable prior parameters and to redefine the very concept of wine, taking us from mere fermented red grape juice into wine as God himself must have conceived it. Futo is black and thick, like engine oil, and offers incredibly concentrated aromas of crème-de-cassis and vanilla, leather, carrot cake. In the mouth it coats the tongue with literally centimeters of rich, clinging, ripe fruit and just barely enough acidity to taste more like wine and less like an actual double-crème-de-cassis (although it isn't quite as syrupy sweet as crème-de-cassis. Maybe a vintage port?) If you tire of drinking it, you could perhaps try it as a sauce on a steak, or maybe even as a sauce on a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
Eugene and Derith gave 96ish. We let it decant for 5 hours or so. Classic Oakville Cab. Very well made with good balance and texture. Young, despite decanting. I will wait another 5 years to open another.
Popped and poured, but should have decanted for at least two hours. It was still very good with strong fruit and a good chocolate quality but got much better as time progressed and it began to open up then the tannins mellowed a bit more and it was wonderful. I will wait another year before opening more but glad I got a taste early.
Deep purple color. Rich opulent nose with dark berries, flowers, and chocolate. Made in a supremely delicious drinkable style with massive class and balance. The tannins are sweet and smooth and the palate is utterly sublime. Has a great sense of Oakville terrior. This has finally started to come out of its shell.
Popped and poured which was a mistake. This needed much more air. Big bold nose of red and black fruit. Currants, mocha, chocolate on the dense palate. The finish was long and somewhat alcoholic. Big wine with great fruit, but a little over done.
From a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot, the wine is all about ripe and over ripe cherries, truffles, fresh herbs and oak. Sweet, spicy and lush, there is a touch of heat in the finish that stopped my score from going higher.
The color is like a black hole. This was opened and decanted for almost 8 hours. The aromatics are a bit closed in today but with some coaxing black fruit, mocha, and iodine emerge from the glass. Layers of nuance start to peak out but this is so tightly wound right now it is hard to perceive them. The palate is rich and complex but strikingly balanced with great structure. You can drink now but I would personally hold for 3+ years. Great juice Mr. Futo and Mr. Exposto!
Decanted for 10 hours. YOUNG YOUNG YOUNG. Needs 5-6 years in the bottle or a major decant. The nose on this is so pure with red fruits, chocolate, and hallmark blueberry that I get from this vineyard. Palate is like silk with smooth fine grained tannins. Finish lasts easily 1 minute. A great wine from one of the most talented young wine makers in Napa, Jason Exposto.