Newton Cabernet Sauvignon Skyside 2016
(shakes head in amazement) --- Amazing! We’re gettin’ the feels right now!
NEWTON! For your humble scribe, Newton “Unfiltered” Chardonnay may have been one of his earliest “epiphany” wines back when he was 18 or so and bussing tables in Sacramento (shout out to Biba Ristorante!), that sent him down this ambrosial career path (it could easily have been beer instead of wine, there, for a time). So it is with much unfiltered, unfettered joy we let you in on today’s brilliant offer: NEWTON CAB! Best price anywhere, of course!!
This bottling, Skyside, is what was formerly known as Newton’s “Red Label” -- a drink-me-now-with-gusto version of their flagship (and much pricier, natch) Estate Cab. AT THIS PRICE? It’s a drink-two-of-me version, are we right? Sorry, we just so rarely see a Napa Cab of any decent quality priced anything CLOSE to this! Killer vintage too!
Juicy, juicy, perfumey Cab, that is for sure. It’s all about the percolatingly fresh red and blue berries, easygoing structure and little back hints of mocha, licorice and tobacco leaf. What can we say? We’re still a bit stunned. What a yummy, drink-with-everything early drinking Napa Cab that will hit everyone including you just right, we promise! NO-BRAINER price today ---- as long as it lasts, that is!! NEWTON! Amazing!
Technical DetailsCountry: United States
Region: Lake, Sonoma, Mendocino and Napa Counties
Appellation: North Coast
Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 5% Carignan, 3% Syrah
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard: Sustainable practices consider the entire ecosystem, vines, animals, other plant species, soil life and type in order to minimize pests and diseases and foster a healthy symbiotic relationship between vines and the environment.
Winemaker: Alberto Bianchi
Aging/Cooperage: 10 months in oak (25% new)
Harvest Date: 9/28 – 10/13
About The Producer
The single square mile of hillside pioneered by the Newtons in 1977 is an impressive site, with expansive vistas of Napa Valley and beyond.
The terraced mountain estate has less than one-fifth of its total 560 acres planted to vines at elevations ranging from 500 to 1,600 feet above sea level. The non-farmed acreage remains in its native forested state providing natural habitat for indigenous wildlife.
Each of the distinctive vineyard blocks is planted to a specific Bordeaux variety with an emphasis on Cabernet Sauvignon.
These parcels reflect distinct soil types, sun exposures and individual microclimates. The blocks are fermented separately to contribute complexity to the final blended wine. The blocks are set among the native vegetation to preserve the ecosystem of the hillside.
The dominant feature of this remarkable site appears at the vineyard’s highest point where a single tree crowns the ridge line. This lone pine, over 100 feet tall and visible from many points in Napa Valley, is called Pino Solo. An enduring icon, Pino Solo appears on the label of Newton wines, a mark designating singular wines created from a singular passion.The winery was designed and built to blend into the mountain and includes elements of the founders’ native lands interwoven with the California environment — roses, a pagoda, a Chinese red gate, lanterns, a London phone booth and English gardens.
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