Wine.comSpread across 120 planted acres on the steep hillsides of Spring Mountain,the Newton Vineyard Estate is comprised of over 112 distinctive vineyardblocks. The individual character of each parcel is the unique result of thediverse microclimates and soils created by the mountaintop's manycontours and rugged terrain. The winery is designed to allow these smalllots to be kept separate until Newton's winemaker artfully assembles theseunique parcels, like pieces of a puzzle, into the ﬁnest expression of theirSpring Mountain estate. The purity and ultimate quality of the fruit read more...ispreserved through this careful attention to detail and consistent goodjudgment throughout the winemaking process. This full-bodied yet elegant wine reinvents itself with each taste. The wineopens with dense aromatics of dried violet and marjoram, then revealsblackberry, blueberry and black cherry notes followed by savory notes ofmocha, fresh tobacco and supple leather. These layers of flavor alsoappear on the palate, along with toasty vanilla bean and caramel. Wellintegrated tannins in this balanced wine contribute to its long finish. Withtime in the cellar, this multifaceted wine will continue to developcomplexity and flavor. It is suggested that this wine be decanted to allow its full power tounfold. The elegant, complex flavors of The Puzzle makes it anexceptional companion to beef carpaccio, a tender beef fillet withBordelaise sauce or even cedar-plank grilled salmon. The proprietary Bordeaux blend, the 2004 The Puzzle (70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc) is a brilliant 1,000-case cuvee, showing the fabulous mountain terroir of the Newton Vineyard. This wine was still not in bottle when I tasted it, but by the time this report comes out, it will have been bottled unfiltered. Deep ruby/purple to the rim, with an exuberant display of aromatics consisting of black tea, creme de cassis, charcoal, incense, and again some truffle notes, the wine is full-bodied, with nicely integrated acidity, wood, tannin, and the influence of barriques kept well in the background. This is a big but impressively well-balanced wine that should come into its own in 3-4 years and last for 20-25 years. Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate Barrel Sample: 94-96 Points (hide)
Wine SpectatorRating: 67/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/01/04.
Wine AdvocateRating: 90/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate.