2008 Newton Cabernet Sauvignon Unfiltered

Year: 2008
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 91
Vinous Media: 89
Connoisseurs' Guide: 89
Wine Entusiast: 87
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon reveals more creme de cassis and black currant characteristics along with good acidity, sweet tannin and a Bordeaux Right Bank aromatic and flavor profile. Soft, round and less structured than the vintages of 20 years ago, it should drink nicely for 10-15 years.

Newton has a brilliant history of making very long-lived wines (their 1991s and 1992s are still showing well), although the current vintages seem slightly more developed and forward than those earlier years. Nonetheless, they are noteworthy efforts. They have always done an exceptional job with Merlot, largely because Newton was one of Napa Valley’s early clients of Bordeaux’s famed Michel Rolland." (WA)

"Bright red-ruby. High-pitched aromas of crushed blueberry, plum, currant, licorice, charcoal and tobacco, lifted by peppermint and aromatic herbs. At once more oaky and more intense than the Napa County cab, with youthfully tight dark berry, spice and tar flavors kept in check by almost tart acidity. Finishes with dusty, firm tannins. Needs time in bottle, but will this gain in flesh and nuance with aging?" (IWC)

"Although not quite outgoing in terms of defined fruit, this ripe and generous wine is not at all stinting in richness. It smacks of sweet oak, dried herbs, briar and a bit of milk chocolate, and it is broad and supple with a tilt to softness on the palate. It ends with sufficiently brusque tannins to dissuade early drinking, and, if real refinement seems outside of its reach, it will benefit by four or five years of patience. Reviewed: December 2011" (CG)

"A soft, fleshy wine to drink now. It has a fancy mouthfeel, with a firm hit of tannins and acidity, and lush flavors of blackberries, cherries, cola and spices." (WE)

Winery Notes
Tasting Notes
This full-bodied and balanced wine exhibits classic Cabernet Sauvignon characters of black currant accented with a touch of herbal complexity and sweet, smoky oak. Aromas of cigar box and white pepper are supported by dense black fruit flavors and herbal notes which linger on the finish.