Consistently one of Napa’s most opulent and satisfying Chardonnays. Unapologetic about its barrel fermented full bodied style, this wine is nimble enough to not overwhelm on the palate. It has a great focus, with precise layers of ripe yellow apple and Asian pear wrapped in a succulent vanilla crust. This is the bold Napa style at its very balanced and best.
The Napa Valley of the 1970's is a far cry from the one we know today. In those early years, there were only a few trailblazers who dared to venture into the wilds of remote areas like Spring Mountain. Instead of simply seeing trees and rugged land, Dr. Sue Hua and Peter Newton envisioned vineyards. In 1977 they purchased a one mile block of land on Spring Mountain overlooking the Napa Valley. When they began planting vines, they did so in 112 separate blocks scattered amongst forested land to maintain the natural balance of the native habitat. At Newton, meticulous farming is met with meticulous winemaking, as the winery was designed so that the fruit has to endure as minimal handling as possible. Caves were dug into the hillside (preserving the gardens above, and offering barrels the ideal natural environment for aging). True to their guiding philosophy of working in harmony with nature, grapes are carefully handled, gently pressed and fermented as individual lots from each of those parcels. Newton is quite renowned for their "Unfiltered" wines, which have been bottled without filtration, preserving the wine's vital freshness and loads of personality.
A full-bodied, toasty white with aromas and flavors of dried lemon zest, apricot, hay and smoke. Bright acidity and a phenolic texture with grapefruit pith and flint on the finish. Drink or hold.