99pts James Suckling
Aromas of stone, pine needle and bark with blackcurrant and blackberry. Full-bodied with wonderfully concentration, yet it remains so refined and beautiful. So long with incredible forest-floor, light chocolate and wet-earth complexity at the finish. Blend of 92% cabernet sauvignon and 8% merlot. Unfined and unfiltered. So attractive now, but better in 2026.
98+pts Jeb Dunnuck
Coming from the cooler Stags Leap region, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon 5500 is one of the more perfumed, complex wines in the lineup, but this is common for wines from this appellation. Based off mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with a splash of Merlot, it offers a smorgasbord of red and blue fruits intermixed with notes of spring flowers, spice, loamy earth, cured meats, and cedar. Rich, full-bodied, and concentrated on the palate, it has terrific overall balance, lots of ripe tannins, and a great, great finish. As with all of these 2018 from the team Futo, it needs bottle age. Give bottles 4-5 years if you can and enjoy over the following 30+.
Comprised of the three quarry parcels at the 5500 vineyard, this wine perfectly captures this epic site. Dazzling aromatics of purple florals, crème de cassis, and white rock shimmer with perfect clarity. The palate has a powerful, layered, symphonic feel and is packed with rich red-plum, black-cherry, and complex savory accents. The long finish is seamless, profoundly pure and perfectly balanced.
Reflecting its rocky volcanic hillside origins, the FUTO 5500 Stags Leap District Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is massively scaled but retains superb purity and energy. A timeless wine that resonates with refinement.
447 cases bottled July 2020
Blend: 92% CABERNET SAUVIGNON, 8% MERLOT