Malibu-newton Canyon Wine

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Malibu’s most famous soil structure is the sand of its legendary beach. But higher up, along a canyon road, a different sense of ‘terroir’ has emerged. Approved in 1996, the Malibu-Newton Canyon AVA rewarded the efforts of George Rosenthal, who planted a lone vineyard there in 1987. His successful petition re-established part of Los Angeles County’s once vibrant viticultural tradition, which had been felled by Prohibition and Pierce’s disease. Just four miles inland is the unique microclimate of Newton Canyon, ranging from 1,400-2,800 feet in elevation. At these elevations, early fog and coastal breezes creep into the canyon, but vanish with the strengthening sun. The mild coastal influence returns with evening breezes, refreshing the vineyards from high daytime temperatures. On 25 acres, the winery grows Rosenthal's well-received Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay. The success of Malibu Newton-Canyon bodes well for other Los Angeles wineries to lobby for their own AVA... Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Rosenthal Chardonnay Central Coast Malibu Estate 2006


    Gold Medal - California State Fair Wine CompetitionGold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine CompetitionGold Medal - Los Angeles Fair International Wine Competition90 Points - Wine EnthusiastGold Medal - Tasters Guild Wine Competition Read More

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