Futo OV|SL Stags Leap Proprietary Red Blend 2018 - 750ml

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98pts James Suckling

Very cool with conifer, mushroom, chili, currant and pine-needle aromas. Full bodied with saturated tannins that just fill the mouth. Gorgeous length and depth. It builds nicely on the palate. The quality of the tannins is beautiful. 66% cabernet sauvignon, 17% cabernet franc, 14% merlot and 3% petit verdot. Unfined and unfiltered. Fabulous to try now, but will be even greater in 2025.

 

97+pts Jeb Dunnuck

Always a co-ferment of two sites, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon OV|SL reveals a dense purple hue as well as gorgeous crème de cassis, graphite, wildflowers, crushed stone-like minerality, and new leather-like aromatics. These carry to a full-bodied, concentrated, powerful 2018 that has the vintage's more reserved, focused mouthfeel, building tannins, and a great finish. This beautiful, impeccably balanced 2018 needs 3-5 years of bottle age and will keep for 30+.

 

Winemaker Notes

Seamless and rich, the 2018 FUTO OV|SL boasts extraordinary purity and finesse. The flavors are deep and evenly layered throughout. Lavender, mint, violet, licorice and blueberry notes grace the palate, while a host of sweet floral notes and exotic spices are fused into the eternal finish.

 

The FUTO OV | SL showcases the synergy of our two estate properties. At its core are co fermentations of fruit from these hillsides that we believe are perfect foils for one another. Oakville is imposing and impressive with its broad-shouldered stature, while Stags Leap is a timeless beauty with classic proportions. This wine is proof that 1+1 can equal 3.

Blend:  66% CABERNET SAUVIGNON, 17% CABERNET FRANC, 14% MERLOT, 3% PETIT VERDOT

 

566 cases bottled July 2020