Newton Vineyards 2015 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Spring Mountain, Napa Valley, USA
Newton Vineyards 2015 "Spring Mountain" Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Spring Mountain, Napa Valley, California, USA
Newton’s Spring Mountain property was purchased in 1977 by the Newton family who quickly established 73 acres of vineyard and a winery within the 560 acre mountainous and heavily forested property. Now with a mature vineyard planted exclusively to Bordeaux red varieties and in combination with an extensive replanting program now bearing well well-established vines the property represents a treasure trove of wine potential.
Varities: The 2015 Spring Mountain District was a selection of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc from blocks 704,705,727,728,752,758, 760,767 with an average vine age of 25 years.
Vinification: Once harvested, the grapes were hand-sorted to inspect individual berries. The must is then fermented in separate lots.
Aging: Barrel-aged for 12 months before being blended and returned to barrel for further maturation.
1042 cases produced.
Terroir: The Spring Mountain property ranges in altitude from 500 to 1600 feet with a complex combination of both sedimentary and volcanic origin soil types presenting a diverse, moderately fertile, and well-drained medium perfectly suited to Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines are typically deeply complex with aromatic high notes complementing the richly textured and layered palate.
Distinctive red and black currant and blueberry fruit with a lifted perfume of violets, mint, soy sauce and dried thyme. Full-bodied with a grapey freshness and deeper dark flavors of mocha, red currant and asphalt. Rich with a silky texture, savory tannins and a long, cool finish.
October 2020 Bottle Club Feature!
Very sadly, Napa Valley’s Spring Mountain District was overrun by the Glass Fire, with dozens of wineries experiencing partial damage to either their buildings or vineyards. One of the hardest hit was Newton Vineyards, which was first established when the Newton family purchased 73 acres up on the heavily forested slopes of the Mayacamas Mountain range in 1977. Before this year’s fires, this mature vineyard was planted exclusively to red Bordeaux varieties that were interspersed with younger plantings intended to help extend the vineyard’s life while still preserving its ability to make incredibly layered wines. These bottlings had the complex tasting notes of older vines, but the spritely structure and punch of younger, age-worthy wines.
The Spring Mountain District is always an appellation that expresses more high-toned black and blue fruits, with iron-rich soils that provide tannic structure and smoky, earthy flavors. This vineyard property ranges in altitude from 500 to 1,600 feet with a complex combination of both sedimentary and volcanic origin soil types presenting a diverse, moderately fertile, and well-drained atmosphere perfectly suited to Cabernet Sauvignon.
In the 2015 vintage, the Spring Mountain bottling from Newton was a selection of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc from eight different blocks throughout the Spring Mountain estate vineyards. Once harvested, the grapes were hand-sorted to inspect individual berries, and the must (pressed grapes) was fermented in separate lots. After the juice was pressed off its must, it was barrel-aged for 12 months before being blended and returned to the barrel for further maturation. With only 1,042 cases produced, and from a vintage that expresses the density and power of Napa Valley mountain wine, this wine is highly collectible and highly cellarable. This is the first vintage that Newton has made single-vineyard bottlings in their history.
Right now, this wine is what we call a beast. It is full-bodied, tannic and concentrated, with distinctive red and black currants, and crushed blueberry with a lifted perfume of violets, mint, soy sauce and dried thyme. Rich with notes of asphalt and mocha, silky texture and savory tannins lead to a long finish. As it ages, the more savory and earthy components will start to come forward, and the black and blue fruits will begin to morph from fresh & tart to baked & candied. This bottle is very much worth holding on to and enjoying on a special occasion 15 to 25 years from now.
Pairing? Honestly, if you’re going to pop this bottle, make sure you are opening it with something special to eat. If you open before 2025, give it a good decanting, too!
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