A blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, the deeply colored 2017 He-Li-An-Thus is still primary and juicy, with a rich, ripe bouquet of blue fruits, cassis, candied violets, and plums. Full-bodied, rounded, and sexy, it's one of the most opulent and sexy wines in the vintage. It still has terrific freshness and elegance, as well as purity. Drink it over the coming 20 years or more.
This is not a Futo property, but it is made by Futo. A barrel sample, the 2017 Proprietary Red He-Li-An-Thus has a deep garnet-purple color and opens with minted black cherries, mulberries and vibrant cassis scents plus touches of garrigue, tilled earth and underbrush. The palate is medium-bodied, fresh, crunchy fruited and juicy, with a chewy suggestion and an earthy finish. (LPB)
The 2017 Helianthus is vibrant and punchy, with striking floral top notes that add an additional layer of brightness. Medium in body, with terrific fruit purity, the 2017 is all class. This is one of the more refined, nuanced vintages of Helianthus I can recall tasting. It opens up nicely with red fruit and floral notes, while chalk and white pepper add complexity and intrigue. The tannins need a bit of time to soften, but the 2017 has developed very nicely over the last year and its future trajectory looks promising indeed. (AG)
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