Viluko Vineyards

2013 Sonoma County Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon •Mayacamas Mountains Estate

California: Sonoma County

Offer Expired:Jul 09, 2020 at 11:59 pm
$50.00
Avg. Price

Mission Briefing

Codename:

Sonoma Puma

If you like being on the bleeding edge of discovering undervalued gems - snagging Amazon stock in 2002 for $10, or holding onto that old 1976 Porsche 912 your dad owned, then you need to have this. Powerful, rock steady mountain Cabernet made by an incredibly talented world-class winemaker, for …get this… under $30!!

The Arroyo family came from Chile to create a life in Sonoma. They brought on lowkey superstar winemaker Tim Milos (Immortal Estate, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Opus One, Wayfarer, Haber to name a few) who has a lengthy track record making big scoring 95+ point wines. Their vineyards stretches above 1,000 feet on rugged hillsides in the Mayacamas Mountains of Sonoma. They’re actually just a mile away from Napa’s Spring Mountain District, Pride Mountain is right up the road. And that’s a good thing for you - because it means they don’t carry the same high prices as their neighbors a stone’s throw away, delivering the same cachet at the most approachable of prices.

These wines remind us of the rugged, age-worthy Mayacamas Vineyards classics. Pure, balanced, terroir-driven mountain Cab at its best. Not an overripe, uber extracted monster. This has all the right inflection points of earth, mineral, spice and vivid red and black fruit goodness carried in proper balance. A sight to behold, as dense and deep as a garnet fused in the mantle of the Earth. A delight to inhale as well, as perfumed notes of cherry compote, wild blackberry, star anise pod, and black tea leap from the glass. Take a sip and buckle in.

Blackberry jam, black cherry, and black currants, along with a dusting of cocoa powder, and gravelly minerality all frame together in a deep, polished mouthfeel. Unmistakable terroir on full display here. The dusty cacao, ripe cherry, lingonberry notes meld seamlessly with a solid oak profile. From start to finish this Cab hangs on and doesn’t let go with excellent structure providing a most suitable scaffold for the fruit and phenolics. Bravo! This well made Cabernet is a classic. Mix it up with a foraged mushroom arborio and forbidden rice risotto with tarragon.

Anyone who loves big, powerful Cabernet needs to experience this. It’s drinking beautifully now but will easily last another ten years. And the price seems absurdly low for the quality. We have zero doubt it would fetch 2-3x more if it were made just a stone’s throw away, on the other side of the Mayacamas. Yet the wrong side has never felt so right!

Gold Medal – SF International Wine Competition

90 Points – Wine Enthusiast

“Mountain-like tannins make for a robust, powerful and concentrated palate that shows a leathery texture. Sage, black pepper and black currant spice up richer elements of dark chocolate and caramelized oak.”

Barrel Review – Robert Parker

“The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon has an opaque purple color and deep, rich plum, black cherry and cassis fruit, generously endowed, medium to full-bodied, and well-made. Drink 2018-2028.”

Tasting Profile

Look:

This Viluko is a sight to behold, as dense and deep as a garnet fused in the mantle of the Earth.

Smell:

A delight to inhale as well, as perfumed notes of cherry compote, wild blackberry, star anise pod, and black tea leap from the glass.

Taste:

Take a sip and buckle in. The dusty cacao, ripe cherry, lingonberry notes meld seamlessly with a solid oak profile.

Finish:

From start to finish this Cab hangs on and doesn’t let go with excellent structure providing a most suitable scaffold for the fruit and phenolics. Bravo!

Pairing:

This well made Cabernet is a classic. Mix it up with a foraged mushroom arborio and forbidden rice risotto with tarragon.

What the Winery Says

Winemaker
Timothy Milos
Varietal
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage
2013
Appellation
Sonoma County
Vineyard
Mayacamas Mountains Estate
Clonal Selection
7, 8, 337, 341, 191
Alcohol
14.9%
Harvest dates
October 8-22, 2013
Total acidity
5.88 g/L
pH
3.88
Aging
18 months
Barrels
50% new French oak by Sylvain, Boutes, Bel Air, Bossuet, Gamba

About the Winery

Offer Expired:Jul 09, 2020 at 11:59 pm
$50.00
Avg. Price
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