94 Point Wine Advocate: The 2010 Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon displays delicate notes of Spring Mountain juniper, blackberry and dark black plum. In both aromas and taste, hints of mocha, bittersweet chocolate is partnered with herbal spice and sage. The 2009 vintage was very cool with the exception of a few hot weekends.This allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and over a long time. Ultimately, this resulted in grapes with wonderful acidity, smaller yields and concentrated flavors.
We begin our winemaking work in the vineyard, cultivating the vines using sustainable farming techniques and following nature’s lead as the growing season unfolds. Our Cabernet Sauvignon undergoes two days of a cold soak followed by eight to 10 days of fermentation using native yeasts. The wine then rested on the skins for a week longer to develop additional complexity before aging for 22 months in 50% new French oak barrels. As always, it was bottled unfiltered.
Every year Newton crafts a single paramount wine that represents the finest expression of its Spring Mountain Estate. Much like finding the right pieces to a puzzle, the winemaker hand selects fruit from 112 separate vineyard blocks. To preserve the unique character of each parcel, the fruit remains isolated by vineyard block for natural fermentation and barrel aging. Working patiently and in harmony with nature, Newton produces an artful blend so profound and complex that it is known as The Puzzle.