WINEMAKER: Timothy Milos
Viluko Vineyards is a 22 acre rocky-hillside vineyard in Sonoma’s wild Mayacamas Mountains. Perched between 600 and 1100 feet, classic Bordeaux and Burgundy varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc; Chardonnay) thrive in our unique range of alluvial and volcanic soils. Pedro and Karen Arroyo founded Viluko in 2005, bringing together a history of Chilean winemaking and some good old-fashioned back-to-the-land, 1970’s California attitude. Award-winning winemaker Tim Milos has shared their vision since the beginning, crafting terroir-driven wines with minimal intervention and traditional techniques. They farm organically because of the belief that it’s the most responsible way to promote a healthy, sustainable environment for the vines and community. Farming organically allows us to live our values and produce wine that represents the richest and truest expression of our land.
Our Malbec is another lens through which to view our mountain vineyard, an expression that bears a familial resemblance to our Cabernet Sauvignon. Exuberant in color, it is fragrant with scents of cherry, boysenberry, blueberry, graham cracker and exotic spices. Ripe berry flavors are tamed by cedar, sandalwood and juicy minerality. Balanced and lush, it will drink well now over many years.
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep aromas of brown spice, cinnamon and clove open to mouthfuls of dark berries and deep red cranberries. A core of minerality supports notes of red raspberries and cocoa powder. A balanced wine, and taut, with ripe fruit and supple texture; its youth is expressed with abundant tannins that soften when decanted.