Winemaker Jason Exposto, of Futo Wines, and Rob Armijo of Helianthus, recently visited us so we could taste the new release of Helianthus Red. This is the newest release from Jessica Futo and Rob Armijo and Futo Estate’s winemaker, Jason Exposto. Together, they have produced this third vintage of Helianthus 2015 from a grower vineyard in Napa Valley’s Soda Canyon. This prime vineyard site offers rocky, volcanic soils that have those cool foggy mornings with long afternoon sun that is kept in balance thanks to the maritime breeze. “Seamless and opulent yet built more on finesse than power, the 2015 is a clear expression of this site. Aromatics shimmer between lifted rose petal, lavender and a host of other floral and spice notes. With air and time in the glass, more dark and mysterious shadings are introduced. On the palate, expressive savory and floral notes give the sumptuous dark fruit considerable freshness and buoyancy through a soil borne tannin line.” This is the perfect wine for you if you enjoy structured, terroir-driven Reds that have nuance in addition to fruit purity. 232 cases were produced. 94 Pts. Robert Parker.