Founded in 1977, Newton Vineyard is one of the most prestigious estates in California’s Napa Valley. The famous American critic Robert Parker actually devoted an article to it in his reference work The World’s Greatest Wine Estates. Located on the steep slopes of Spring Mountain, the estate, spanning just about 260 hectares, produces wines that are vinified separately then blended together. Each of the 112 parcels is planted with a specific grape variety – merlot, cabernet franc, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon or petit verdot. With its close relationship to the surrounding nature, the estate alternates vines with wooded areas in order to preserve a vast array of biodiversity throughout the vineyards. In 1990, innovative Newton Vineyard launched Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay, one of the first unfiltered wines produced and sold within the United States, and which has become an international leader.
Puzzle represents the most refined expression of the Newton Vineyard vines. Produced under the most prestigious appellations of Spring Mountain, Mount Veeder and Yountville, this exceptional cru is the result of a careful selection of the finest cabernet sauvignon of the estate. The product of a close collaboration with nature, Newton Vineyard's Puzzle is a wine with excellent cellaring potential.
Located on the hillside, the estate features many terraces and has 48 hectares of vines which are planted at altitudes varying from 150 to 490 meters. This arrangement is ideal for obtaining a wine with complex fruity notes. Each parcel has a specific soil type, sun exposure and microclimate, which gives the wines a great variety of flavors and aromas. To get the very best from this diversity and preserve the character of each parcel, all the grapes are harvested by hand and vinified separately. This provides the wine maker with an exceptional palette from which the wines from Newton vineyards can be blended. Fermentation occurs naturally, with local yeasts, to protect the characteristics of the fruit and to contribute to the complexity of the finished blended wine.
In harmony with nature, the Newton Vineyard estate strives to reduce its environmental impact during all the stages of the wine-making process. Parcels of vineyards are actually integrated into the indigenous vegetation in order to preserve the hillside’s ecosystem. In addition, the estate’s cellars have been built so that they regulate their temperature naturally, thus reducing energy consumption on the estate. Finally, all organic waste (grape stalks, pips, etc.) are collected and composted to be re-used as natural fertilizers in the vineyards. All glass and plastic waste is also recycled.
- 260 Number of hectares on the estate
- 112 Number of parcels used in the production of The Puzzle
- 20% Proportion of hectares under vine, a total of 48 hectares