2013 Futo 5500 Futo, Stags Leap District, California, USA
98 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate (October 2016)
From the Stags Leap property, about 400 cases of the flagship wine, the Futo 5500, are produced. The 2013 Futo 5500 is 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Merlot, aged 19 to 20 months in Taransaud new oak barrels. A fabulous nose of violets, blackberries, sweet black cherries, blackcurrants and flowers is followed by an elegant, pure, full-bodied, seamlessly constructed beauty. What’s interesting about this wine is its incredible elegance and seamlessness, tasting like the haute couture of the vineyard. It is a fabulous, and of course, there’s no Cabernet Franc in it, unlike the Oakville, and has a much higher percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink it over the next 25-30 years.
97 Antonio Galloni, Vinous (December 2016)
The 2013 5500 is a quintessentially Stags Leap wine. Striking in its aromatics, the 2013 is surprisingly silky and impeccably polished from start to finish. Rose petal, lavender, mint, red cherry and plum are front and center. Soft, supple and beautifully expressive, the 2013 has softened considerably since I first tasted it from bottle a few years ago. This is an absolutely stunning wine. In particular, I am deeply impressed with how finessed the 2013 has become over time and how well the oak has integrated.