Newton's Unfiltered Chardonnay has a devoted following of wine lovers who
appreciate this rich, unfiltered style of wine. Their Chardonnay vineyard in
Carneros was planted nearly 30 years ago and this region has since
become known for producing superb cool-climate Chardonnay.
The 2005 Unfiltered Chardonnay is a light shade of gold. This rich and
powerful wine opens with orange blossom, honey, pear, crème brulee,
coconut and nutmeg spice aromas. Flavors lead with white peach and
pineapple, with a touch of honey and coconut rounding out this full
bodied wine. The light citrus finish lingers on the palate.
This rich and complex Chardonnay can complement a wide variety of
dishes. Try it with pear and arugula salad, smoked scallops or braised pork
"One of California's most glorious Chardonnays, and still somewhat under the radar, is the Newton 2005 Chardonnay Unfiltered. This is another wine that has the capacity in certain vintages to evolve for 8-10 years. A bottle of the 1991 I had recently was stunning (I rated it 92), and of course it was 16 years of age... The 2005 is fabulous, and one of the best examples of this cuvee made at Newton. Notes of honeysuckle, poached pear, brioche, and white currants are present in this wine, which also exhibits some citrus oil and a subtle influence of new oak. Full-bodied, fleshy, and rich, with super purity and stature, this is a gorgeous Chardonnay that should drink nicely for 7-10 years. One of the most spectacularly beautiful vineyards, high on the lower slopes of Spring Mountain, is Newton Vineyards. Organically farmed and impeccably manicured, this was one of the first outposts to which famed Bordeaux consultant Michel Rolland came, and an entire generation of winemakers formed by his brilliance have emerged from Newton. The overall style of the wine is one built on European elegance and longevity. The vintages from the early 1990s are still doing well, especially the 1990 and 1991."
-Wine Advocate 96/100
I certainly didn't perceive all that stuff in the “official” review, but for the slightest hint of pineapple; rather a remarkably overwhelming aroma of butterscotch. The taste, nice as it is, doesn’t compare to the aroma.
This was a really nice wine and does not taste like your everyday Chardonnay. Don't be afraid to try this and it makes a great gift. Your friends will respect you more.