2014 MALBEC

75% Malbec
Viluko Vineyards

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WINE DETAILS
retail price: $55.00
club price: $49.50
available:Yes
cases:140
formats: 750mL
released:Jun 18, 2019
date profiled:Aug 5, 2019
region:Northern California
AVA:Sonoma County
vineyards:Estate
estate fruit:Yes
single vineyard: No
brix at harvest:Blended
alcohol:14.9%
fined:No
filtered:No
oak type:100% French  
oak barrels:40% New  
oak aging: 26 Months  
 
varietal%AVAclone
malbec 75% Sonoma County
cabernet sauvignon 10% Sonoma County
cabernet sauvignon 10% Sonoma County
cabernet sauvignon 5% Sonoma County
 
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Winemaker Timothy Milos Notes
Rooted in our family’s Chilean heritage is the love of Malbec, so it is no surprise that we would dedicate a few acres to this robust Bordeaux varietal. Two blocks are tucked between swaths of tall Fir at high elevation and on steep terrain. This turns out to be the perfect place to coax bright acidity and our Malbec’s voluptuous flavors. The 2014 vintage marks the second release. 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 w ...more... hole 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. 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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