WINE OF THE MONTH

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.