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VILUKO MALBEC "ESTATE" SONOMA COUNTY (MAYACAMAS MOUNTAINS) 2013
NVWE Notes: Appealing from when the cork is pulled and considerably better as it airs, this is a very impressive Malbec. The nose blends rich aromas of black plum, black currant, Creme de Cassis, cracked black pepper, black tea, date molasses, cedar, vanilla bean and cinnamon stick into a gutsy-rich package. On the palate it is opulently oaked and shows classic Malbec grip which firm and tighten-up the fruit a bit. The finish is ultra-long however, and with airing the fruit starts to really roll out, with black cherry and clove prominent elements. Best at this point with churrasco grilled entrees, darkly caramelized roasts and the like, it should become more versatile with more age. Expect at least four years of steady improvement. 115 cases produced, from a vineyard located in the new Fountaingrove District appellation.