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Date Printed: 4/24/2014
Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2005
Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2005
(search item no. 91928)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $54.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2003 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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 with apples.

"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

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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.