Newton Claret 2007
Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
A sophisticated blend in the Bordeaux tradition, this Newton Vineyard Claret is a dark garnet color with vibrant, lifted aromas of black cherry, currant supported by spicy and smoky hints of nutmeg and white pepper. The palate reveals blueberry, black plum and black cherry with a white pepper spice indicative of cool climate mountain fruit. The creamy mid-palate and silky tannins make this medium-weight wine an approachable, appealing choice.
Wine Enthusiast - "This is a very fine wine, Merlot-based with a splash of Syrah, and it proves you don't have to spend a lot to get a great Napa red. It shows rich, complex flavors of black and red currants, licorice, cola and sandalwood, in an elegantly silky structure that’s light and refined."
Newton Vineyard Winery
Peter and Su Hua Newton purchased one square mile of tumbling slopes high up on Spring Mountain overlooking St. Helena in 1977. The Estate was planted to Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Merlot thrives in a land which is rocky mixed with clay beneath the surface, while Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot like an impoverished soil, and Cabernet Sauvignon is happy in stony loam. The mountainous slopes of the vineyards not only have these soils, but also a full range of exposures. Spring Mountain provides the vines get all the sunlight they need without any baking heat stress.
Chardonnay needs chalky or loamy soil in a cooler region. Newton owns an old vineyard in Carneros and also has long-term grape contracts for several hillside vineyards verging on that region. Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay, introduced in 1990, is said to be the first unfiltered wine produced and sold in California, and is now regarded as an industry benchmark.
Su Hua insists on picking only ripe grapes from the vine. Her method of quality control is to be involved in every aspect of the harvest, during which time she can be found every day among the pickers. To ensure that only ripe grapes are harvested, there can be up to four separate pickings in a single vineyard - very difficult to do but, she believes, there is no other way to produce a great wine. View all Newton Vineyard Wines
About Napa ValleyView a map of Napa Valley wineries
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just granted an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review3.53.3 out of 5 stars
22 ratings, 16 with reviewsWildeWine - Brooklyn, NY311/17/2010Not a lot of complexity with this one, pretty straight forward. I didn't find it bold, but it is a young blend. The price is hard to beat.Bob Corcoran - Medford, MA47/25/2010Great nose, flavors abound, drank a bottle with friends recently - enjoyed by all57/7/2010Great full bodied red wine. Good with red meat, and seafood42/1/2010Great red to have on hand. Brought it to a wine snob friend's house and it passed the test.Retirednut - Shallotte, NC21/10/2011Lynn Looby - Newtown Square, PA46/5/2010512/27/2011This was yummy! Nice flavor, smooth and not over-powering.KarenDFW - Napa, CA312/4/2011311/27/2011A very nice Claret.WineDog - Burdett, NY56/20/2011Shoblock - Ledgewood, NJ43/6/2011ponza tony - Branford, CT26/7/201123/31/2010This wine comes with most everything you would expect in a Napa Bordeaux red blend. It’s a full body wine with a pronounced nose of spices, pepper, and dark fruit. But the tannins are fairly bitter on the palate right now. I think it needs some time in the cellar to mellow out.23/2/2011I thought this would prove to be a BIG wine, especially with it's Napa 2007 origins, but was disappointed with it's lack of body, minimal finish, and annoying tartness that did not soften after ample breathing time. The initial aroma was deceiving.11/22/2011Over rated wine, far too aggressive to the palate. The first smell is engaging, a long way to go to compete with others112/14/2010I was excited to see a wine that got such great reviews for $20. Save your money and buy a Coppola Claret instead.212/1/2010This wine is highly overrated at 93 points. I would give it an 87. It's a light-bodied wine and does leave a hint of bitterness on the palate. Nothing here to really grab hold of - if you like big bold wines, don't buy this one.410/21/2010Good color and nose; spice and berry flavors complement well. Might be a bit overpowering and bitter to some but shouldn't be an issue with more time. Not a 93, but a great value at $20dan mcneill - Charlotte, NC49/29/2010I have had this wine many times and it always impresses me and then when I think I only spent $20. on it, the value goes higherPatrick Rumley - Anchorage, AK28/20/2010This wine is dry and, perhaps for a more sophisticated palate might be a find, but for me, I could just not detect any recognizable character.44/13/2010lot of spice and pepper...agree that it will be even better with some more time.....!Patricia Piazza - Fairfax, VA59/8/2010I love dry, full-bodied reds. This has got to be one of the best ever for $20. I purchased two bottles and I'm going back for a few more before it's too late. Great with steak.