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Date Printed: 8/1/2014
Newton Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Newton Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
(search item no. 89786)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/1/2014: $53.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Exhibiting exceptional balance, this wine opens with aromas of chocolate covered coffee bean and a touch of cassis balanced by vanilla, pepper and mineral. The mouthfeel is sensuous, round and supple, with ripe tannins draped in velvet. Sumptuous to drink now, this wine will mature gracefully with time in the cellar.

Distinctive meat dishes with earthy or nutty flavor components are a perfect accompaniment to the luscious flavors in this wine. Try it with grilled lamb and a porcini sauce, beef tenderloin with winter vegetables and a red wine reduction sauce, or a New York steak with gorgonzola walnut butter. For cheese pairings, try Camembert, aged Jack or Parmesan cheese.

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About Newton Vineyard:

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.