Our Malbec is another lens through which to view our mountain vineyard, an expression that bears a familial resemblance to our Cabernet Sauvignon. Exuberant with ripe fruit, it is fragrant with scents of cherry, boysenberry and blueberry, graham cracker and exotic spices. Sweet fruit is tamed with cedar, sandalwood and juicy minerality. Balanced and lush, it will drink well now and over many years.
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||Mayacamas Mountains / Sonoma County
||June 22, 2015
The 2014 Viluko Vineyards Malbec was made from a selection of 7 and 8 year old vines yielding about 2.5 tons per acre. The fruit for this cuvee was selected from three separate vineyard blocks and was hand harvested on two days in October. After hand sorting the clusters at the winery, the fruit was destemmed and allowed to macerate on the skins as mostly whole berries for several days cold prior to a wild fermentation. The fermentation was punched down twice daily, and allowed to macerate on the skins for 22 days from crush to press. The wine was pressed into
French oak barrels where it underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged for a total of 26 months before it was bottled unfined and unfiltered. Prior to bottling barrels from two of our Cabernet Sauvignon blocks were selected for the blend to complement the Malbec. This cuvee was originally conceived as an homage to the family’s antipodean history, but in realization it is a reflection of home.