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Newton Vineyards the Puzzle Proprietary Red Spring Mountain District 2008

Member Review by vin0vin0:

Awesome Napa blend from Newton. First tried this at a tasting at Newton and thought this was the best of the lot. This blend varies every year depending on the quality of the individual grapes to be blended. This '08 is a well integrated blend of mainly merlot and cab sauv. Loads of dark fruit, medium tannins, nice acidity, lots of layers and a great finish.

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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 Vineyards the Puzzle Proprietary Red Spring Mountain District

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05/11/2013

Awesome Napa blend from Newton. First tried this at a tasting at Newton and thought this was the best of the lot. This blend varies every year depending on the quality of the individual grapes to be blended. This '08 is a well integrated blend of mainly merlot and cab sauv. Loads of dark fruit, medium tannins, nice acidity, lots of layers and a great finish.


External Reviews for Newton Vineyards the Puzzle Proprietary Red Spring Mountain District

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Source: We Speak Wine
01/03/2013

(a five-variety Bordeaux blend): Good red-ruby color. Deep aromas of plum, redcurrant, graphite and cocoa; much less obviously oaky than the 2008 unfiltered cabernet. Then plush but shapely in the mouth, with harmonious acidity framing the flavors of currant, plum, chocolate, tobacco and wild herbs. Rich and sweet but still youthfully subdued. This big, broad, restrained wine finishes with dusty tannins and excellent subtle persistence. Classy and claret-like. I would not have guessed this was carrying 15% alcohol. A blend of 42% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec, the 2008 The Puzzle offers up notes of burning embers, charcoal, Chinese black tea, spice and earth. The complex aromatics are followed by a medium-bodied, elegant, Bordeaux-like wine that is still somewhat restrained and discrete. It should drink well for a decade. - Robert Parker 89+ Points Couldn't get any riper, with a...


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2007 01/05/2012

(a blend of 56% cabernet sauvignon, 33% merlot, 8% petit verdot and 3% cabernet franc): Good bright ruby. Aromas of plum, dried cherry, leather, dark chocolate, coffee and mocha. Sweet and broad, showing a strong oakiness to the flavors of cassis, leather, licorice, espresso and German chocolate cake. Offers a fine-grained texture but slightly edgy acidity and strong dusty, building tannins will require several years to harmonize. Today the $25 Claret is a lot more fun to drink. (A second sample of equal quality showed stronger oak spices but a somewhat mellower finish.) ** Only 3 in Stock **




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