Auction 15 | Lot No. 70
Piece of the Puzzle
Spring Mountain District
10 cases produced
Spread across the steep hillsides of Spring
Mountain, the Newton Vineyard estate is
comprised of 112 vineyard blocks intertwined
with the existing forested landscape. Each
parcel is planted to the Bordeaux varietal
ideally suited for the specific aspect and soil
type. Individual microclimates within the
mountaintop’s many contours and rugged
terrain provide our winemaker diverse
components from which to create an interesting,
complex wine. Each year Newton makes
The Puzzle, an iconic wine blended from these
parcels to showcase the finest expression of
our Spring Mountain estate. This offering is
an outstanding selection that will be included
as one component of the 2009 The Puzzle.
20 months, French oak
- Wine is unfiltered
- Single vineyard wine
- Wine was dry farmed
- Sustainably produced
- Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled
||very full bodied
Winemaker, Newton Vineyard
My first winemaking job was at Bernardus Winery in Carmel Valley, starting in the cellar and became the assistant winemaker. I then worked at Bridlewood and Sterling Vineyard before coming to Newton Vineyard in May 2008.
Country born: United States
Education: I studied Enology at CSU Fresno.
Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years
Honors / Awards:
Consistent 90+ points for Newton Vineyard wines.
I enjoy working with the intense fruit that Newton's Spring Mountain vineyard provides, aiming to interfere as little as possible. This means using the native yeasts and bottling wine unfiltered, which is a more meticulous, laborious approach, but worth it.
Q&A With the Winemaker
Q: Premiere Napa Valley wines are innovative and allow each winery to showcase the region's sense of exploration in fine winemaking. What kind of exploration did your Premiere Napa Valley wine allow you to do?
A: We use small tanks which allow our 112 blocks to be kept separate until our winemaker artfully assembles these unique parcels, like pieces of a puzzle, into a multi-faceted blend. By keeping each block separate, we are able to really identify special lots as they mature. This PNV lot showcases our mountain fruit with intense fruit flavor and complexity.
The Metz Group
2 Woodland Drive
Dallas PA 18612
Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection