Newton Vineyard

  • Napa Valley trailblazers and founders of Newton Vineyard, Su Hua and Peter Newton, believed in the quality, character and rich flavors of higher elevation fruit. With this thought in mind, they set out to find the ideal hillside property for planting grapes that would eventually make some of the world's most desired wines.

    In 1977, the Newtons purchased one square mile of tumbling slopes on Spring Mountain, making them pioneers of what is now considered a prime viticultural region producing some of the world's finest and most unique wines. Newton's picturesque vineyards overlooking Napa Valley were planted in 112 separate blocks amongst forested land to maintain a natural balance with the native habitat.

    Co-founder Su Hua Newton's great respect for nature is not only reflected in the terraced vineyards but also in the estate's design. The winery was custom built to allow minimal handling of the fruit, utilizing gravity flow systems to separate batch fermenting. Wine caves were tunneled into the hillside and a room was built underneath the formal parterre garden to specifically allow Chardonnay barrels to ferment naturally in the cool environment below the earth. This concept, radical in its time, is now praised as a clever and sustainable use of the natural surroundings and introduced the world to Newton's "Nature by Design" founding philosophy.

    The parterre garden is just one element of the estate that reveals the heritage of its founders. The British telephone box also reflects the birthplace of Peter Newton; the Chinese red gate, striking pagoda and other Asian accents reveal the culture of Su Hua Newton.

    Founded over 30 years ago, Newton's guiding philosophy was to work in harmony with nature to produce wines of purity that offer a true sense of terroir. This legacy is still carried on today, as the Newton winemaking team continues to employ sustainable farming techniques using only indigenous yeast in their meticulous winemaking practices. The resulting wines offer exceptional character, depth and balance, consistently garnering world-wide acclaim from wine critics and savvy connoisseurs of fine wines.

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  • Grapes for Newton wines come from its 560 acres of estate vineyards. The estate site located at 1600 feet on the eastern slopes of Spring Mountain. This is a premium location because the peak of the mountain shields most of vineyards from the hottest rays of the afternoon sun and the high elevation helps maintain lower average temperatures. This way, the vines receive all the sunlight they need, with long exposure to the cooler morning sun, without the baking effect or heat stress that can affect fruit on the valley floor.

    Newton Vineyard's raison d'être is terroir. This French word refers to the complex interplay of a specific site’s geography, geology and climate in the making of wine--especially soil structure and exposure to sun.

    Newton's vineyards are planted in deep volcanic, free-draining soils. The estate vineyard is planted with Bordeaux varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Merlot thrives in rocky soil mixed with clay beneath the surface, while Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot do best in well-drained, poor soil. Cabernet Sauvignon sees greatest success in stony loam. The mountainous slopes of the vineyards have each of these soils and a full range of exposures. Hillside vineyards may be difficult to cultivate and very labor intensive, but the reward is richly flavored fruit.

    Chardonnay, however, thrives in cool regions with chalky or loamy soils. To make its excellent Chardonnay, Newton owns an old vineyard in Carneros and also has long-term contracts for fruit from several hillside vineyards nearby. Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay, introduced in 1990, was one of the first unfiltered wines produced and sold in California, now regarded as an industry benchmark.

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  • Newton harvests only perfectly ripe grapes from the vine. In some vintages, it's necessary to do to four separate pickings in a single vineyard to ensure that only the finest quality grapes are harvested. This is incredibly time consuming and strenuous, but Newton's philosophy is that this is the way to produce a great wine.

    Newton's respect for nature is reflected in the development of the vineyards. The 110 acres or so of estate vineyards are scattered carefully throughout the heavily forested land so as to minimally disturb the balance of the environment. Similarly, the winery is tucked into its surroundings, rather than in a large obtrusive structure. Finished wines are aged in handcrafted French oak barrels set in caves in the heart of the mountain, thus maintaining constant cool temperature and even humidity levels.

    Low input farming is at the center of Newton's viticultural philosophy. The use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides are not used.

    The outcome of collaborating with nature is a stable of wines that with each new release heralds another expression of Newton Vineyard’s range of terroirs.

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  • Winemaking at Newton is an extension of the care taken in the vineyards.

    Newton is well known for its "Unfiltered" wines, bottled without filtration to preserve the integrity and natural essence of superior fruit and to foster the resulting wine's unique aroma and flavor.

    Indigenous yeast is also used as a winemaking choice to cultivate natural flavor which eliminates the need to use cultured yeast. The outcome of working in tandem with nature is a range of wines considered among the finest.

    Newton wines are fermented by natural yeast to obtain complex aromas, and no sulfur is added during their elaboration. The wines are never acidified, and they go through the malolactic fermentation naturally. Aging takes place in hand-crafted French oak barrels in cool caves and Newton produces unfiltered wines that are the purest expression of the beauty of these vineyard sites.

    The Unfiltered Chardonnay is barrel fermented in French oak on natural yeasts prior to a natural malolactic fermentation and periodic lees stirring during the 21 month élevage (the French word for maturing) in cask. Both the Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon and the Unfiltered Merlot are blended with small quantities of other Bordeaux varieties. The Merlot is fermented on natural yeasts with frequent pumpovers and punching down, and fermentation begins in stainless steel before being pressed off and finished in barrel. The Cabernet Sauvignon is fermented with wild yeasts in wooden upright fermenting tanks at low temperature, with malolactic fermentation finished in barrel. Both of these wines are 22-24 months in cask.

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  • Newton Chardonnay Red Label
    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.

    Newton owns one vineyard and manages three others in the southern slopes of the Carneros region, where the cool bay breezes and foggy nights results in chardonnay grapes that ripen beautifully, yet are not high in sugar.

    The wine is fermented with indigenous yeast in French oak, malolactic fermentation takes place naturally. The wine is aged in French oak for 6-9 months and the barrels that have the most natural acidity are bottled as Red Label.

    Tasting Notes
    Enticing notes of ripe pear and green apple mingle with light butterscotch, vanilla and almond aromas. On the palate, ripe pear combines with pie crust and golden delicious apple flavors, accented by a hint of orange zest. The layers of flavor and appealing texture persist throughout the plush, creamy finish.

    Newton Claret
    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.

    Newton Claret is made from young vines on the estate, and as a result, is an accessible wine with soft tannins.
    53% Merlot
    33% Cabernet Sauvignon
    8% Malbec
    5% Cabernet Franc
    1% Syrah

    40% of the grapes are from our Spring Mountain estate, mostly younger vine fruit, that is picked and fermented using indigenous yeast, then aged in French oak, 30% new, for 7 months.

    Tasting Notes
    The wine has aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, and hints of cracked pepper and clove. These aromas carry over to the palate, which leads with red fruit flavors and clove and pepper spices on the finish.

    Newton Cabernet Sauvignon Red Label
    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 are supported by smooth yet substantial tannins.

    Sourced from premier vineyards from Napa Valley, this wine is made in the Newton style to showcase purity of fruit.

    Napa Valley

    Aged twelve months in French and American Oak

    Tasting Notes
    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 are supported by smooth yet substantial tannins.

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  • Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay
    First released in 1990, Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay was the first unfiltered wine to be produced and sold in California. Our Chardonnay vineyard in Carneros was planted nearly 30 years ago, and this region has become known for producing superb cool-climate chardonnay. This profound and powerful Chardonnay exhibits a rich, complex tintensity that can only be found in unfiltered wines.

    Fermented using wild yeast native to the Carneros region, the wine is then bottled unfiltered to preserve the natural fruit essence and to foster the wine’s unique aroma and flavor. It is aged in French oak for 12 months.

    Tasting Notes
    The wine opens with orange blossom, honey, pear, crème brûlée, coconut and nutmeg spice aromas. It also possesses loads of hazelnut and buttery popcorn notes along with white peach and pineapple backed up with superb minerality and acidity.

    Newton Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon
    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.

    Newton Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are grown on a south-facing rocky mountainside at our Napa estate. The vineyard is ideally located for Cabernet Sauvignon because the soil is well drained and nutrient deficient. The vines produce very small fine berries.

    After aging for 20 months in French oak (50% new) the wine is bottled without fining or filtration

    Tasting Notes
    The wine opens with aromas of chocolate covered coffee bean and a touch of cassis balanced by vanilla, anise, tobacco, pepper and a hint of lavender. The mouthfeel is sensuous, with ripe tannins, while fresh black cherry fruit is captured with whispers of rose and lavender.

    Newton Unfiltered Merlot
    Newton Unfiltered Merlot reveals elegant flavors and rich aromas. 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.

    Planted at 700+ feet these Merlot vines are in their prime. Their yield is no more than a miniscule 2.5 tons per acre.

    After aging for 20 months in French oak (50% new) the wine is bottled without fining or filtration.

    Tasting Notes
    Aromas of dried lavender contrasted with blackberry jam, roasted hazelnuts, a hint of oak, green olive and a hint of red fruit. On the palate, bright cherry, sweet currant and strawberry fruit are carried by a powerful structure and well balanced acidity.

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  • Newton The Puzzle
    The Puzzle is the pinnacle of Newton Vineyard. In 1994, Newton founders, Peter and Su Hua Newton crafted the first vintage of Le Puzzle Cabernet Sauvignon. Produced from a single block that was shaped like a puzzle piece, Le Puzzle showcased the exceptional potential of the estate’s Cabernet Sauvignon. Over the next decade, Le Puzzle was gradually transformed into a blend to incorporate the finest fruit from the vineyard’s 112 distinctive blocks. The result was an artful blend that fit together seamlessly like the pieces of a puzzle.

    The 2012 vintage of Newton Puzzle reveals a milestone in the evolution of this iconic wine. With this vintage, there is a return to its Cabernet Sauvignon origins. Cabernet Sauvignon has consistently proven to be the strongest performing varietal in our vineyard and to emphasize its exceptional quality, our replanting efforts are focused on this varietal.

    As we replant our Spring Mountain vineyard blocks, we are sourcing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from three of Napa Valley’s most prominent appellations. We source grapes from three vineyards located within the Spring Mountain, Mt. Veeder and Yountville appellations. The Spring Mountain fruit expresses an intensity and opulence that is balanced by an unparalleled vibrancy. Mt. Veeder produces fruit with a fine structure and classic Cabernet aromas and flavors. And Yountville offers fruit with a plushness, middle palate and deep, dark fruit flavors and aromas. Blended together, these three vineyards produce an exemplary Cabernet Sauvignon.

    The grapes for Puzzle were hand-picked. The berries were individually sorted and put into tank where fermentation progressed over four weeks. Following fermentation the wine was aged in 100 percent new French oak barrels for 22 months before being artfully assembled into the final blend and bottled unfiltered.

    Tasting Notes
    The perfume of cedar, juniper, tar and oak mingle with dark fruit, chocolate and plum aromas on the nose. On the palate, this wine is inky, almost brooding, with anise, dark mocha, plum and cassis flavors that are supported by fine tannins. Dark fruit flavors linger on the long finish.

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