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.
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Cherry cola nut, black cherry and mocha flavors follow aromas redolent of the California landscape where the grapes are grown: hints of rich soil and blackberry bramble. The vintage conditions resulted in a more restrained style with bright acidity that will lend itself to long cellar... more
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This profound and powerful Chardonnay exhibits a rich, complex intensity that can only be found in unfiltered wines. The grapes are predominantly grown in the Carneros region where bay breezes and morning fog combine to create the cooler climate ideal for growing Chardonnay rich with concentrated... more
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Fresh red raspberry and ripe blackberry aromas are punctuated by layers of rich, earthy, herbal tones. On the palate, the same red, black and blueberry flavors are prominent-all wrapped in a pleasing structure and texture. more
Bordeaux fans will appreciate the casual sophistication and elegant structure of Red Label Claret. Newton Red Label Claret exhibits its own individual character through the meticulous marrying of carefully selected vineyard blocks of Bordeaux varietals. more
Newton Red Label Chardonnay exhibits a lively character and purity of fruit. Red Label Chardonnay is a welcome companion to the dining table, offering a fresh expression of the varietal. more
Newton Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon reveals layers of richness and a complex structure. The grapes are hand-picked from ideal vineyard blocks on Spring Mountain, which is recognized as one of the premier locations for growing Bordeaux varietals. more
Mocha, espresso, hints of oak and predominant dark red cherry aromas are the signature of the 2010 Claret. Its expressive red fruit flavors on the palate are balanced with its impressive tannin structure that is bold but not aggressive.
The 2010 Claret is a wine that begs to be paired with food... more
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... more
Enticing and delicate aromas of white nectarine and vanilla spice are intertwined with baked apple and caramel notes. The aromas carry through to the palate where they are accented by ripe melon and fresh pineapple flavors. The velvety mouthfeel of this well-balanced Chardonnay persists throughout... more
Richly flavored and beautifully balanced, this vibrant wine offers a pure expression of Cabernet Sauvignon. Layers of black plum, white chocolate, vanilla and anise aromas leap from the glass, accented by an appealing hint of violets. On the palate, smoky plum, blackberry and supple leather flavors... more
The 2009 Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon displays delicate notes of Spring Mountain juniper, blackberry and dark black plum. In both aromas and taste, hints of mocha, bittersweet chocolate is partnered with herbal spice and sage.
Winemaker Chris Millard suggests pairing the complex layers of flavors... more
The 2009 vintage opens with honeysuckle on the nose, with the richness of a sauterne. 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... more