2012 presented ideal growing conditions delivering a Cabernet Sauvignon of supple power and elegance for Viluko Vineyards. Fruit was hand-harvested over six days in October and the attention to detail shows in this beautiful wine. An inviting bouquet of black currants, brown sugar and pipe tobacco lead to a lively and fresh palate. Flavors of anise and black licorice complement black raspberries for an enduring and memorable finish. Aged 18 months in French Oak barrels. Only 882 cases produced.
I was introduced to Viluko's wines over small plates and a few glasses of wine at Willi's Wine Bar (fantastic place if you've never been) in Sonoma County. As I listened to the story of the project - the concept, the Estate Vineyards, the winemaker, and the excellence or bust attitude of everyone involved - I knew I had to taste the wines. I can confidently say that Viluko is a winery to watch in the coming years as the first few wines I've tasted from them are superb.
Viluko Vineyards is a true mountain winery producing intense and complex Cabernet Sauvignon and beautiful Sauvignon Blanc with fruit grown on their Estate Vineyard in the Mayacamas mountains. Acclaimed winemaker Timothy Milos works closely with the Arroyo family whose winemaking legacy began in Chile. The wines are stunning and this new, small-production winery is one to watch in the coming years.More from this winery
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