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Newton Vineyards Chardonnay Unfiltered Napa Valley 2014

External Review by We Speak Wine:

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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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 Vineyards Chardonnay Unfiltered Napa Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
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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