Newton Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon
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The 2008 Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon opens with notes of black
fruits, cassis and black currants. The fruit forward aromas are pronounced
in the youth of this wine which promises elegance as complex herbal layers
of juniper and bramble characteristic of Spring Mountain follow on the
nose. Vanilla and Chinese five spice flavors as well as similar notes
mirrored from the nose are introduced on the huge, plush, powerful
palate that has a lingering bittersweet chocolate finish.
food & wine pairing
Winemaker Chris Millard suggests pairing the complex layers of flavors in
this Cabernet Sauvignon with a grilled New York steak. It is also a perfect
accompaniment to roasted game meat like boar.
This tiny strip of land just north of San Francisco is home to America’s most prestigious wineries. Its climate is ideal for viticulture. Ironically, it was deemed too ideal for some vintners, who have moved their vineyards from the valley’s flat plain to the hills in the east and west, adhering to the idea that grapes that struggle to grow yield better wine. The climate, soil, and individual wineries are enormously varied, so it’s impossible to identify a singular trait of Napa wines. In addition, nearly every noble grape is grown here, although Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are the primary grapes. In the past, Napa’s wines have alternated between extremely fruity and fat to lean and subtle. Today the best Napa wines have achieved a balance between these extremes. Many are made to be drunk young and have abundant ripe fruit; others can be initially hard and tannic, but soften over four or five years to perfumed, cedary fruit. White Napa wines are excellent with fresh-grilled fish and chicken, but can also cope with more spicy and creamy flavors. Many Napa reds will overwhelm delicate cuisine, but rich red meat and cheeses do make good companions.