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Newton Red Label Chardonnay 2016

Member Review by vin0vin0:

A very good Napa chardonnay. Slight oak, good fruit, decent finish, very nice balance. This is a good value and I'd put it up with bottles twice the price.

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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

Member Reviews for Newton Red Label Chardonnay

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Snooth User: vin0vin0
3578087,235
3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 09/14/2012

A very good Napa chardonnay. Slight oak, good fruit, decent finish, very nice balance. This is a good value and I'd put it up with bottles twice the price.


Snooth User: vin0vin0
3578087,235
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 12/18/2013

2009 vintage. A very good Napa chardonnay. Slight oak, good fruit, decent finish, very nice balance. This is a good value and I'd put it up with bottles twice the price.


Snooth User: vin0vin0
3578087,235
4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 10/07/2012

Fantastic Napa chardonnay, creamy lemon custard, subtle spiceness, crisp acidity, green apple and a long finish. Extremely well balanced, with great mouthfeel. One of the best California chardonnays ever tasted.


Snooth User: JonDerry
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 09/01/2012

Nice and crisp, has a sourness to it I found pleasing but hard to describe outside of the typical green apple, pear, and lemon notes. Perhaps a touch on the high side of judicious oak treatment, it doesn't get in the way. Nice, mellow persistent finish. Works for me. 3.25+


Snooth User: Jose Prado
112573816
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 08/18/2012

Tastes pretty good to me.


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,217
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 05/13/2011

pear, vanilla, a little melon and oranges combined with a lemon zest on the finish. very flavorful. oak prevalent but balanced well with the acidity. really delicious, and complex for a napa chardonnay!


Snooth User: dmele
80781544
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 03/27/2011

amazing manipulation of the acidity in the wine that creates an array of scents to delight the nose. A little apricot, pear and green apple. First tasted this wine when I visited the opening of the Vineyard in santa helena back in 2008. Chris Millard is consistenly dlivering on quality without going overboard on the price. I strongly believe this is a huge marketing factor for this wine as I noticed that big stores as Costco carried several of the Newton products (cabernet, chardonnay and melot) Kuddos to Newton for continued efforts to deliver excellence in their wines and production.


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External Reviews for Newton Red Label Chardonnay

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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 03/06/2019

Vinification: Our 2015 Unfiltered Chardonnay was 100 percent barrelfermented using indigenous yeasts. The wine was aged for a total of 12 months in French oak barrels, 27 percent of which were new. During maturation every barrel was hand-stirred weekly to re-suspend the sediment, a technique that protects the wine from oxidation and creates added complexity. The individual lots were then blended and bottled unfiltered. Tasting Notes: Intense, pristine and concentrated. A romas of citrus blossom, white peach, brioche, gun smoke and marzipan create wonderful depth. Flavors continue on the palate including lime zest, jasmine and honeydew melon. Wonderfully intense, the fruit blends seamlessly with subtle smoky oak and yeasty complexity to create a textural and vibrant mouthfeel. The juicy acidity balances the profound intensity of the fruit providing great carry and length. Food Pairing: You can enjoy this wine either by itself or with a range of cuisines. The full-flavored and textural elements are a great pair with rich seafood like lobster, crab and salmon but is equally adaptable to poultry, mushrooms and pork. pH: 3.39 TA: 5.8 g/L Alc: 14%


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 02/03/2017

Vineyard: We source our Chardonnay fruit primarily from the Carneros region of Napa Valley. The Carneros terrain where we grow Chardonnay is marked by well-drained, rolling hills sloping to the San Pablo Bay. The proximity of the bay moderates the vineyard microclimate with morning and evening fog and afternoon breezes. The area is marked by cool marine influences that provide a long-growing season to develop even and optimal ripeness. Vintage Conditions: The drought that has impacted much of California from 2012 continued to keep rainfall levels below 50% of average and maintained growing season heat summation above average for the harvest. The warm and dry conditions promotes excellent quality and when combined with above average yields the potential of the 2014 vintage is outstanding across all varieties. Vinification: Our 2014 Unfiltered Chardonnay was 100 percent barrelfermented using indigenous yeasts. The wine was then aged for a total of 12 months in French oak barrels, 30 percent of which were new. During maturation every barrel was hand-stirred weekly to re-suspend the sediment, a technique that protects the wine from oxidation and creates added complexity. The individual lots were then blended and bottled unfiltered. Tasting Notes: Intense, focused and complex. Pink grapefruit, fresh fig and pear aromas are enhanced by elements of spice and vanilla, contributing additional depth and intrigue. Flavors of lemon curd, marzipan and white peach evolve in the mouth, enlivened by beautifully balanced natural acidity. Food Pairing: Enjoy this wine by itself or with a range of cuisines. The wine’s rich texture and flavor pair wonderfully with rich seafood like lobster, crab and salmon and it’s equally compatible with poultry, mushrooms and pork. pH: 3.4 TA: 6 g/L Alc: 14%


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 10/11/2015

Dedicated to working in harmony with nature to produce remarkable artisan wines, Newton Vineyard transforms fruit of uncompromised quality into wines of distinctive character. Vineyard: The grapes used to make our Red Label wines are sourced from select vineyards throughout Napa Valley, from Los Carneros to Chiles Valley. Every year, we select grapes with a specific characteristic that will allow us to achieve the desired flavor profile of the final blend and create continuity vintage to vintage. Vintage Conditions: 2013 was a perfect vintage with long warm days and a dry growing season. We were able to sit back and wait as the grapes ripened on the vine and developed complex flavors. The wines have developed the opulence and balanced acidity during the aging process that will allow them to age gracefully. Vinification: We begin our winemaking work in our vineyards, cultivating the vines using sustainable farming techniques and following nature’s lead as the growing season unfolds. As harvest begins, our winemaker walks the vineyard rows to track the ripening of the fruit to ensure it’s picked when it reaches optimal ripeness. In the cellar, quality and purity are never compromised at the hands of convenience. Tasting Notes: The warm vintage resulted in tropical fruit aromas, including pineapple and star fruit mingling with the perfume of apricots and apple-pears. On the palate fresh stone-fruit and lychee flavors are balanced by a touch of oak. Food Pairing: No wallflower, this wine has bold enough flavors to be paired with a wide range of dishes. Some of our favorites are Chinese chicken salad, barbecued shrimp, grilled artichokes and soft cheeses such as brie and Havarti. Alc: 14%


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 10/14/2016

Vineyard: We source our Chardonnay fruit primarily from the Carneros region of Napa Valley. The Carneros terrain where we grow Chardonnay is marked by well-drained, rolling hills sloping to the San Pablo Bay. The proximity of the bay moderates the vineyard microclimate with morning and evening fog and afternoon breezes that provide a long-growing season to develop even and optimal ripeness. Vintage Conditions: The 2013 vintage in the Napa Valley was warm, dry and early. Despite the ongoing drought conditions over much of California, our vineyards secured just enough winter and spring rainfall to make it through the dry summer months. The grapes were able to fully ripen in ideal conditions in late summer and into fall. 2013 will likely be a celebrated vintage for Napa Valley with powerful and intense flavors, balanced acidity and long rich and mouth filling textures. Vinification: Our 2013 Unfiltered Chardonnay was 100 percent barrel-fermented using indigenous yeasts. The wine was then aged for a total of 12 months in French oak barrels, 30 percent of which were new. During maturation every barrel was handstirred weekly to re-suspend the sediment, a technique that protects the wine from oxidation and creates added complexity. The individual lots were then blended and bottled unfiltered. Tasting Notes: 2013 Unfiltered Chardonnay reflects the opulence and profound intensity of the vintage with rich, complex and vibrant fruit flavors balanced by savory barrel fermentation influences. The aromas of grapefruit, honey, vanilla, brioche and apricot are fresh and inviting. The palate is intense and powerful with rich fig and pear fruit flavors balanced by subtle creamy oak, nutty savory notes and a long, lingering finish. Food Pairing: While most people think of Chardonnay as a fish and fowl wine, we like to pair it with the unexpected: a grilled veal chop or pork tenderloin. Of course it’s also delicious with mushroom dishes of all sorts and one of our favorites is risotto with chanterelles and shiitakes. pH: 3.51 TA: 5.7 g/L ALC: 14.5%


External Review
Vintage: 2012 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
Vintage: 2012 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
Vintage: 2012 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.


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