Newton Vineyard’s The Puzzle 2008 is a red wine in which all the pieces fit perfectly together — both the blend of grapes and the balance of tannins, alcohol and acidity.
Newton Vineyard is located on Spring Mountain in the Napa Valley. The winery was one of the early pioneers of Spring Mountain, and one of the first Napa Valley wineries to make unfiltered and naturally fermented wines.
The Puzzle 2008 is a blend of 42% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec, skillfully assembled like pieces of a puzzle by winemaker Chris Millard. The grapes came from Newton Vineyard’s 112 vineyard blocks, each with varying microclimates and rugged terrain. The wine spent 20 months aging in new French oak.
The Puzzle draws you in with aromas of ripe dark fruit, rose and vanilla. The expressive palate has concentrated flavors of blackberry, black cherry and plum woven in with cedar, cinnamon, white pepper and espresso.
Well-integrated tannins add a firm structure and give the wine a silky mouthfeel. The finish is long and satisfying with lingering mocha and black fruit.
This is a wine to add to your cellar now, to enjoy now and over the next ten years.
A bottle of Newton Vineyard The Puzzle 2008 costs approximately $80.
14.5% alcohol by volume