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Date Printed: 10/24/2014
Newton Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Newton Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 94537)
collectible wine

The Wine News rating: 94 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $46.99

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
2002 Wine Enthusiast 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:

Newton Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon is fermented with wild yeast, native to Newton's Spring Mountain estate, and is bottled unfiltered to preserve the natural fruit essence and to foster the wine's unique aroma and flavor. This exceptional dedication to nurturing the richness that nature provides allows Newton Vineyard to produce wines of brilliance and purity.

This rich deeply, colored wine opens with savory aromas reminiscent of the forest floor leaving impressions of juniper, sage and clove leading into luscious dark fruit flavors of black cherry and blackberry. Layers of sweet vanilla, anise, tobacco and hints of lavender also persist on the palate. The well-developed tannins and bright acidity suggest that this wine, while excellent young, will surely reward careful cellaring.

This food-friendly wine will be a great companion to a range of wild games dishes and grilled meats. A beef tenderloin with winter vegetables would also be a superb match.

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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.