Newton The Puzzle 2004

Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California

Item No. 94871
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • RP96
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Winemaker's Notes

Spread across 120 planted acres on the steep hillsides of Spring Mountain, the Newton Vineyard Estate is comprised of over 112 distinctive vineyard blocks. The individual character of each parcel is the unique result of the diverse microclimates and soils created by the mountaintop's many contours and rugged terrain. The winery is designed to allow these small lots to be kept separate until Newton's winemaker artfully assembles these unique parcels, like pieces of a puzzle, into the finest expression of their Spring Mountain estate. The purity and ultimate quality of the fruit is preserved through this careful attention to detail and consistent good judgment throughout the winemaking process.

This full-bodied yet elegant wine reinvents itself with each taste. The wine opens with dense aromatics of dried violet and marjoram, then reveals blackberry, blueberry and black cherry notes followed by savory notes of mocha, fresh tobacco and supple leather. These layers of flavor also appear on the palate, along with toasty vanilla bean and caramel. Well integrated tannins in this balanced wine contribute to its long finish. With time in the cellar, this multifaceted wine will continue to develop complexity and flavor.

It is suggested that this wine be decanted to allow its full power to unfold. The elegant, complex flavors of The Puzzle makes it an exceptional companion to beef carpaccio, a tender beef fillet with Bordelaise sauce or even cedar-plank grilled salmon.

"The proprietary Bordeaux blend, the 2004 The Puzzle (70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc) is a brilliant 1,000-case cuvee, showing the fabulous mountain terroir of the Newton Vineyard. This wine was still not in bottle when I tasted it, but by the time this report comes out, it will have been bottled unfiltered.

Deep ruby/purple to the rim, with an exuberant display of aromatics consisting of black tea, creme de cassis, charcoal, incense, and again some truffle notes, the wine is full-bodied, with nicely integrated acidity, wood, tannin, and the influence of barriques kept well in the background. This is a big but impressively well-balanced wine that should come into its own in 3-4 years and last for 20-25 years."
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Barrel Sample: 94-96 Points

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If you haven't bought this yet, put it in your cart RIGHT NOW! This is such a yummy wine, I'm about to buy another couple of bottles (or so!)... This was in my most recent order, and the description intrigued me, so it got opened fairly quickly after delivery. You can smell the deliciousness when you open the bottle, and it just gets better from there. Would I recommend? Heck, yes!! Rich, smoky, peppery, with a wonderfully long palate, this is made for the aficionado or someone new to wine...exquisite!
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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...

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Learn About Napa Valley

It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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Bordeaux Blends The Fab Five With so much history under its belt, it's no wonder that Bordeaux has figured out the recipe to produce amazing wines. Centuries of making (and drinking) wine led to the blend that has become synonomous with Bordeaux. Winemakers in the New World replicate this formula to create successful blends in their respective regions - you may see Bordeaux blends...

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