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Date Printed: 4/18/2014
Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2010
Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 121461)
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Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 4/18/2014: $52.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 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
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 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:

The 2010 vintage opens with honey suckle on the nose, with the richness of a Sauternes. Fruit aromas of fig and melon are followed by more complex notes of honey and brown sugar. Baking spices with hints of vanilla and almond follow as caramelized sugar notes add to the voluptuous depth of aromas. On the palate, grilled pineapple flavors offer fresh acidity while creaminess is balanced. Cream and brioche linger while the freshness of fruit remains forward. The wine is a satisfying weight with present oak that is delicately integrated.

This complex wine would pair well with Dungeness Crab with sweet corn chowder, mushroom risotto with fresh parmesan, and lobster in cream sauce over noodles.

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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.