Every time your drink wine you are consuming a fruit from a plant, which came from the earth. The French believe that the land is the most important thing when creating wine, while Americans will often blend wines from different lands. What is better? For marketing purposes it always sounds better to say that this wine was crafted from one vineyard that is super small. Does it sound as good as a blend of grapes from five different vineyards?
That small rant brings us to the 2011 Viluko Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, which is from a single mountain vineyard in Sonoma County. This one is coming from Underground Cellar and I have previously reviewed their Split Rock Cabernet. I would imagine since the Split Rock is retail $30 and this one is retail $50 that this was the upgraded bottle.
Here is what the Viluko Vineyard’s website had to say about it’s wine:
Our Cabernet Sauvignon is an expression of our single mountain vineyard. The 2011 reflects a cool mild growing year with a wine of balance and elegance. The bouquet invites with scents of red fruit, black cherry and tobacco. The wine is lively on the palate, with fresh flavors of currants and cherries, followed by tea, mint and spice. Decant this wine to enjoy it in its youth, but patience will be amply rewarded after 5 or more years in the cellar.
Now what did I think?
Color – Deep dark red.
Nose – Blackberries and black pepper.
Taste – Black cherry, licorice, and a little bit of spice earthiness.
Finish – Long finish with medium to high acid and big bold tannins.
Overall, this is a big bold Cabernet and is not too overwhelming but has great structure. It is a mouth-coated for sure and has really good flavors. I am sure they will become more complex over the years but I felt like there was a pretty decent complexity that I had a hard time putting my finger on it.