2005 Futo - Red 1.5L

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2005 Futo - Red
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International Wine Cellar | 93

($200; 15.6% alcohol; 80% cabernet sauvignon and 20% merlot) Good medium ruby. Hugely ripe aromas of sappy black raspberry, black cherry, mocha and smoke, with a whiff of maple syrup. Lush, sweet and seductive; a wine of outstanding fullness if not quite the complexity of the 2006, which has the advantage of some cabernet franc. The tannins are remarkably lush, broad and sweet. This was aged in 100% new Taransaud barriques, vs. 90% for the '05.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Wine Advocate | 95

The 2005, which is again a wine dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, has a dense purple color, gorgeous structure, good acidity, but full-bodied power, a layered mouthfeel, and sweet oak (mostly Taransaud) that integrates beautifully into the black currant and blackberry fruit intermixed with espresso, licorice, and spice. This is another beauty, slightly more restrained and less flamboyant compared to 2004, but built for the long haul. This wine should age for 20-25 years. Just a stone's throw down the hill from the Harlan Estate vineyard is a five-acre parcel of hillside vineyards, planted with 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Cabernet Franc, owned by Tom and Kyle Futo. Formerly, this was the Oakford Estate Vineyard. The viticulture is overseen by the superstar in that field, David Abreu, and the winemaker is another renowned name, Mark Aubert. The first vintage to be released will be the 2004, which is only 100 cases, but then production jumps to 200 in 2005 and 500+ in 2006. Their goal is to produce just under 1,000 cases when everything comes into production. The site is beautiful, and there is considerable buzz about what's going on.

Drink Dates: 2007-2032
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 174

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Wine Spectator | 96

Smooth, rich and generous, showing plush, supple, deeply concentrated currant, blackberry and wild berry flavors, with savory herb, cedary oak, mineral and pebble notes. Impressive for its combination focus, depth, purity of flavor and finesse.

Drink Dates: 2008-2014
Author: James Laube


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Score: 97
Author: Adriel L
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/07/2010

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More Vintages and Sizes of Futo - Red:

2006 (1.5L)
2006 (750ml)

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