' Viluko Vineyards - Reviews


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Robert Parker - Wine Advocate
2012 Viluko Mayacamas Estate Caberent Sauvignon - 90 points
Notes of crème de cassis, red currants, licorice and forest floor.  Medium to full-bodied wiht moderately high-tannin, it requires another 1-2 years of bottle age.  There is a lot of potential here and it shoud eventually merit a score in the low 90's.  Drink 2018-2028  

2013 Estate Sauvignon Blanc - Attractive, melony, tropical fruit-scented dry and honeyed wiht lots of fruit as well as an exuberent personality-filled style...Robert M Parker

Gold and Silver awarded by 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
This year broke all former records with over 7,100 entries; all three of the Viluko Vineyards wines which were entered received medals!  
2012 Viluko Split Rock Cabernet Sauvignon - DOUBLE GOLD
2012 Viluko Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon - GOLD
2012 Viluko Estate Grown Sauvignon Blanc - SILVER

Ryan O'Hara - The Fermented Fruit

I prefer not to play favorites, but if you were to ask me what my favorite winery was right now? For its uncompromising devotion to quality, value and relative obscurity, Viluko Vineyards boasts an unusually compelling combination of superlatives that’s begging to be discovered.

I first learned of the Viluko Vineyards when John Rimmerman of Garagiste compared the 2011 Viluko Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon to those produced by the revered Mayacamas Vineyards. Mayacamas is quietly very well-reputed for producing age-worthy, balanced and terroir-driven mountain Cabernet’s.  This more restrained, classical style is what forged Napa’s reputation as a top region for Cabernet Sauvignon, yet sadly it has become harder and harder to come by as ultra-ripe, sweetly fruited Cabernet’s garner much of the acclaim – and pricing power.  Click for Full Article

Jon Rimmerman - Le Garagiste
The Next Mayacamas?
...After so many years of trying to figure it out, I dare say California winemaking is exciting once again...Not only is today's subject "like Mayacamas", it is Mayacamas...a hyper-varietal, long and savory Cabernet Sauvignon from the Mayacamas Mountains (with the namesake winery's historical reference style as a building block of inspiration):
Viluko Cabernet Sauvignon.  Is this really the next in line? The next property of greatness? We shall see but they have a twist of fate to create their own identity away from the Napa Valley stigma (or beneficial association). Today's winery, Viluko, is on the Sonoma side of things - a side that continues to achieve a perception of the wild west when it is only a mile outside the bounds of an ability to label wine as "Napa Valley".
The 2011 Viluko Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County is a truthful bottle of Cabernet purity. A new light of hope with its moment right here, right now (thanks Mike Edwards). This 100% organic Cabernet Sauvignon tastes like the mountain soil it is grown in - the fruit is real - it is vibrant - it is rich and satisfying but never cloying or for fashion. It is a classic bolt of authenticity that (I believe) most of you desire more often than not. Yes, there is a place in our experience for something like Colgin but the overwhelming and prevailing wind of this Email List leads me to a search for the unadulterated in wine and the 2011 Viluko gives us just that.  Click for full article.
Le Garagiste - Jon Rimmerman

Viluko Vineyards Estate - Mayacamas Mountains, CA