July 1, 2018 by PWM
2016 NEWTON CLARET RED
BORDEAUX AMERICAN STYLE!
$19.95 BTL./$102.00 6-PACK
There are few wine estates that can match Napa Valley's Newton for sheer Magnificent Splendor. But, frankly if the wines aren't any good it would be nothing more than a nice picnic spot. Lucky for us the wines at Newton are more than just good they are in a league of their own. With estate vineyard holdings in Yountville, Spring Mountain, Mount Veeder & adjacent to Jordan in Sonoma's Alexander Valley.
And while Newton's focus is on estate Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot which start at $70 a pop & their single vineyard wines fetching $190 a bottle which as delicious as they are are way above my pay grade. Which brings us to one of the best kept secrets in the wine world, the Newton Claret.
Claret is a traditionally term used for Bordeaux wines in Britain. In the instance of the Newton Claret is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec & Petite Verdot from their estate vineyards. Every wine produced at Newton is wholly Organic.
Newton’s “Nature by Design” philosophy is present throughout the winemaking process. Newton wines are naturally fermented using indigenous yeast to preserve the natural fruit essence achieved in the vineyard. The subtle variances of each component, when blended together, contribute to the overall complexity of the finished wine.
The 2016 Newton Claret is a gorgeous wine. Blackberries, cassis, graphite, spices and menthol are some of the nuances that emerge from the glass. The wine shows terrific intensity all the way through to the finish. In 2015 the Claret includes fruit from some of Newton's oldest parcels, originally planted in 1975. during blending trials this juice didn't seem to fit in with the Estate Cabernet or Merlot, so it was used for the Claret. I am not sure if its inclusion is the reason why, but the Claret is absolutely gorgeous in 2015. This is a beautiful wine for the money and easily one of the top values in California Bordeaux blend.
June 30, 2018 by PWM
2012 ALTOS DEL PLATA
CABERNET SAUVIGNON, MENDOZA, ARGENTINA
I remember when I was but a child & my father took me down to the bank to opened my first savings account with a deposit of $5. That's what Dad's do.....but those times are long gone and today the world is a very different place. So, having two sons it was now my turn.
Welling with pride I made an initial $50 deposit, to help my two sons open their first offshore bank account. These are the kinds of things you live for as a dad: getting to watch your sons start funneling vast sums of untraceable wealth through a shell corporation of his very own. I recall that it was around this age that my uncle Ralph first sat me down and taught me the ins and outs of stashing capital far away from the prying eyes of the IRS. I’m just glad I get to help guide them through this important rite of passage. They may not realize it now, but laundering money through quasi-legal banking operations in the middle of the Indian Ocean is a skill they’ll use for the rest of their lives. I want to savor this moment, since “in the blink of an eye” I'll be buying their way into college.
Which brings up the question that I was confronted with by one of our competitors who alleged that our pricing was something right out of the Dark Web. Well, yes the content of our Deals may seem like something that would only exist on darknets. Just because we often employ the use of overlay networks that use the Interweb with our required PWM specific software that allows us to specially configure, negate the need for authorization & access the parts of the Web not indexed by clearnet search engines doesn't mean we are doing anything nefarious. And since the dark web forms just a small piece of the overall deep web we refused to confirm nor deny if our intentions are sinister in nature.
Which brings us to our latest unencrypted offering from deep in the dark heart of Mendoza, Argentina. Altos del Playa is owned by the French Bordeaux estate Cheval Blanc which coexists with some Argentine interest which are cloaked in anonymity. But at $5.95 a bottle for this gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignon with 6 years under its belt & loaded with flavors one associates with Cabernets found on the top shelf at very high sticker prices who cares if the only place you can find it is on the vast, secret cyber underground which is PWM!