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Newton Chardonnay Red Label 2012
"The creamy texture and balanced acidity are punctuated by rich fruit flavors, including melon, fig, and baked apples. These luscious flavors are complemented by baking spices, vanilla and honey accents, all of which linger on the long finish. With its benchmark balance of fruit and acidity, our Unfiltered Chardonnay is delicious with a wide range of dishes, from roasted sea bass to pasta in a butter sauce. It makes a lovely aperitif served with crostini topped with wild mushrooms, an ideal first course wine with salmon chowder, and a memorable wine for a cheese course." -Winery
External Reviews for Newton Chardonnay Red Label
This perennial favorite has a silky, creamy texture with just a hint of oak. Ripe tropical fruit, pear and green apple flavors are complemented by notes of lemon custard, vanilla bean and baking spice. A touch of flint and minerality further add to its refined elegance.
Tasting Notes: The warm 2012 vintage resulted in a complex, rich and powerful chardonnay with aromas of jasmine, apricot, grapefruit and subtle spice. The palate is fresh with a creamy texture marked by notes of stonefruit, pear and roasted almonds which is complemented by a subtle soft acidity leading to a rich, long and intense finish. Vineyard: We source our Chardonnay from two regions, Carneros and Knights Valley. The Carneros terrain, where we grow Chardonnay is marked by well-drained, rolling hills sloping to San Pablo Bay. The proximity of the bay moderates the vineyard microclimate with morning and evening fog and afternoon breezes. Knight’s Valley is an area also marked by cool marine influences that provide a long-growing season to develop even and optimal ripeness. Vintage Conditions: The 2012 growing season was ideal in every way. Gentle winter rains left just enough ground water for the vines to establish a moderate canopy that allowed just the right amount of sunlight to reach each cluster. Moderate daytime temperatures and cool nights from spring to late summer resulted in slow maturation, allowing the fruit to develop superb complexity while retaining balanced acidity. Vinification: Unfiltered Chardonnay is 100 percent barrel-fermented using indigenous yeasts. The wine is then aged for a total of 15 months in French oak barrels, 30 percent of which are new. During maturation every barrel is hand-stirred weekly to resuspend the sediment, a technique that protects the wine and creates added complexity. The individual lots are then blended and bottled unfiltered. Food Pairing: With its benchmark balance of fruit and acidity, our Unfiltered Chardonnay is delicious with a wide range of dishes, from roasted sea bass to pasta in a butter sauce. It makes a lovely aperitif served with crostini topped with wild mushrooms or truffleflavored popcorn, an ideal first course wine with lobster bisque or oysters, and a memorable wine for a cheese course. - Winery pH: 3.44 TA: 6.1 g/L ALC: 15.5%
Shows a complex, creamy, spicy nutmeg edge to the ripe fig, melon and subtle butterscotch notes, turning pithy and tannic, with a dash of anise. Drink now through 2020. 11,000 cases made.
Newton’s 2012 Chardonnay Unfiltered exhibits lots of honeysuckle, tropical fruit and marmalade, good minerality and excellent acidity that buttresses and provides uplift to the full-bodied, lavish, extravagant nature of this Chardonnay. As this wine ages, it will undoubtedly take on more Burgundy, Bâtard-Montrachet-like characteristics, but it is hard to resist young (which I know from personal experience). Enjoy it over the next 6–10+ years.