Nose

Fresh and highly aromatic with floral notes of citrus blossom and jasmine complimented by fresh pears and a touch of anise and struck match.

Palate

Medium to full bodied with pithy lemon curd, crunchy pears and brioche. Intense grapefruit with a creamy textural palate of great length and persistence balanced by wonderfully fresh natural acidity.

Growing Conditions

Newton have been leasing and managing a vineyard just to the northern border of Napa in Knights Valley (Part of Sonoma County) for many years and occasionally bottling wines individually to express the unique character and quality of this site. Our Knights Valley vineyard was planted from 1983 to 100% Chardonnay on steep cool North facing slopes that are situated directly opposite from Mount St Helena whose ancient eruptions creates the deep red volcanic soils which provide excellent drainage. This is typically amongst the last Chardonnay we harvest and is characterized by a distinct floral lift to the predominantly citrus based fruit characters and fine vibrant natural acidity. The drought that has impacted much of California from 2012 continued to keep rainfall levels below 50% of average and maintained growing season heat summation above average for the harvest. The warm and dry conditions promoted excellent quality and when combined with above average yields the potential of the 2014 vintage is outstanding across all varieties. The 2014 Knights Valley Chardonnay will cellar beautifully for 10-15 years.

Harvest

September 6 - 8, 2014

Winemaking

The winemaking is classically simple and true to all our Chardonnays. Hand harvested fruit at optimal maturity is whole bunch pressed directly to oak for Natural fermentation of the cloudy juice. The wine once finished fermentation is allowed to complete its secondary Malolactic fermentation combined with regular barrel stirring to maintain the freshness and build aromatic and textural complexity.