Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2007, Newton Vineyard was founded as one of the first wineries on Spring Mountain after Peter and Su Hua Newton sold Sterling Vineyards in 1977.
The winery is integrated into the hillside with all the equipment housed under trellisage in the face of the mountain and aging caves set into the heart of the mountain, similar to those of Champagne.
Newton’s first vintage was 1982, and in 1990 the Unfiltered Chardonnay became the first unfiltered wine sold in California. Guided now by former Chateau Lynch Bages winemaker Stephen Carrier and with a new sophisticated package the winery is positioned well for the next 30 years.
We are tasting The Puzzle, the Unfiltered Chardonnay and the Red Label Claret at this year’s Nashville Crush. Below are the notes for the wines.
Look: deep dark black cherry with hints of ruby and purple on the rim.
Smell: cassis with touches of mashed raspberries, with thyme, tobacco and dark chocolate
Taste: exhibits explosion of concentrated Kirsch cherries, blackberries, and strawberries, evolving to a jammy richness bolstered by ripe tannins and finishing with notes of Creme de Cassis
Look: intense brilliant gold
Smell: citrus flowers, coconut, butterscotch and roasted almonds
Taste: butter and oak combine with layers of peach, mango and honey and a touch of mineral on the finish
Red Label Claret
Look: ruby red with touches of purple on the rim
Smell: opens with blueberries, cranberries and strawberries with a touch of cassis
Taste: ripe tannins surround rich black cherries, blackberries and plum flavors with a hint of toasted oak
Red Label Chardonnay
Look: Golden yellow with hints of green on the rim
Smell: Delicate aromas of white flowers, crisp apple and toasted bread
Taste: Flavors of citrus, pear, and apricot burst on the palate with a subtle presence of oak evolving into spring-like acidity on the finish