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Newton Chardonnay Red Label 2012

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"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

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Newton Vineyard:
Each Newton Vineyard wine embodies the founders’ vision to rise above the conventions of the valley in pursuit of unmatched quality. Crafted with an uncompromising commitment to true terroir expression, the Newton style is noted for its unadulterated richness and purity of fruit. The single square mile of hillside pioneered by the Newtons in 1977 is an impressive site, with expansive v... Read more
Each Newton Vineyard wine embodies the founders’ vision to rise above the conventions of the valley in pursuit of unmatched quality. Crafted with an uncompromising commitment to true terroir expression, the Newton style is noted for its unadulterated richness and purity of fruit. The single square mile of hillside pioneered by the Newtons in 1977 is an impressive site, with expansive vistas of Napa Valley and beyond. The terraced mountain estate has 120 acres planted at elevations ranging from 500 to 1,600 feet above sea level. Each of the 112 distinctive vineyard blocks is planted to a specific varietal – Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon or Petit Verdot. These parcels reflect distinct soil types, sun exposures and individual microclimates. The blocks are fermented separately to contribute complexity to the final blended wine. As with the red varietals, the diverse Chardonnay blocks are hand-picked and vinified separately, providing the winemaker with a rich palette from which to choose when blending Newton Vineyard wines. The blocks are set among the native vegetation to preserve the ecosystem of the hillside. Recognized as an American pioneer of unfiltered wines, Newton Vineyard is dedicated to working in harmony with nature to transform grapes of uncompromised quality into wines of distinctive character. Based on an old-world style, Newton’s winemaking techniques include natural fermentation and bottling without filtration. These purist traditions preserve the natural depth of flavor, bouquet and structure. Read less

External Reviews for Newton Chardonnay Red Label

External Review
Source: Grand Wine Cellar
01/13/2015

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.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
04/16/2015

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%


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
07/14/2015

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.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
09/10/2013

The warm vintage resulted in a riper style-more expressive with a fuller, creamier mouthfeel. Ripe melon, tropical fruit, mango and baked apples all mingle amid the round, luscious texture. - WineryAlc: 14%


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
07/14/2015

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.



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"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

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