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2012 Gewürztraminer Curry Creek Vineyard 86

Like the Pinot Gris from the same vineyard and vintage, this is a seriously ripe wine that is a bit lacking in terms of finesse and energy. Though more successful than the Pinot Gris, it is still too rich for my tastes. The nose is intensely floral, with tropical fruit accents. The palate is soft and broad, with low acidity and 17 grams of residual sugar. A phenolic edge on the finish adds interest. 17 grams per liter residual sugar.
— Kelli White  86   reviewed Jul 2016   Visit Vinous.com

2014 Riesling Kelby James Russell 92+

The nose on this lovely Riesling from Red Newt’s winemaker’s personal brand is as classic as they come, featuring scents of lime skin, green apple, white grapefruit, and wet stone. Though the nose is quite exuberant, the palate is fairly restrained, with a chalky, rocky feel and a super bright and guiding acidity. I imagine that it might yet blossom with a bit of further aging. With only 1 gram per liter of residual sugar, the wine is officially bone dry.
— Kelli White  92+   reviewed Jul 2016   Visit Vinous.com

2014 Dry Riesling 92

The sophisticated sibling to Red Newt’s off-dry Circle, the 2014 Dry Riesling represents an enormous value relative to its quality. The nose is flinty and bright, with aromas of lemon ice, white peach, and anise. The palate is juicy and bracing, with good weight to the flesh and a spicy citric finish, redolent of kumquat. 6 grams per liter of residual sugar.
— Kelli White  92   reviewed Jul 2016   Visit Vinous.com

2014 Riesling Circle 89

Red Newt’s Circle Riesling is their largest production wine, and, with 33 grams per liter of residual sugar, it is designed to offer an easy approachability and broad appeal. This particular vintage is especially delicious, matching soft, peachy fruit to 2014’s hallmark vibrancy. The nose is a tantalizing combination of ripe stone fruits and flint, and the palate is lush and fruit-forward, with a soft texture that is held aloft by the perky acidity. A lovely floral tone comes through in the finish. Overall, an easy-drinking and well-made wine.
— Kelli White  89   reviewed Jul 2016   Visit Vinous.com

2014 Cabernet Franc 88

Light garnet in hue. After skipping the 2013 vintage entirely, Red Newt changed direction with their ’14, electing to vinify it entirely in stainless steel, with no oak whatsoever. The nose is meaty and intense, with strong scents of peppercorn and dried herbs along with what appears to be a touch of reduction. The palate is surprisingly soft and lifted, with short-grained, ripe tannins. Overall, an interesting, savory wine.
— Kelli White  88   reviewed Jul 2016   Visit Vinous.com

2013 Riesling Tango Oaks Vineyard 91+

While the nose is beautiful with its scents of kefir lime, tobacco, oyster shell, and stone, the palate is a bit disjointed at the moment, with the acidity standing somewhat apart from fruit. This had resolved significantly when I returned to the open bottle later in the day, so my suspicion is that more time is required to knit the wine’s bones with its flesh.
— Kelli White  91+   reviewed Jul 2016   Visit Vinous.com

2013 Semi-Dry Riesling 89+

This Riesling from Red Newt is technically off-dry, but the sugar level is such that it affects the texture more than the flavor. The nose is quite flinty and reduced, with chatty aromas of white nectarine, hay, and lemon oil vying for attention. The palate is bright and peachy, with the kiss of sugar serving to soften and balance the bright, invigorating acidity. The finish has a subtle orange rind bitterness which is quite endearing. The only point of detraction for this wine is how dominant the reduction is; its powerful, flinty signature refuses to diminish with air and stands strong throughout the finish. 21 grams per liter residual sugar.
— Kelli White  89+   reviewed Jul 2016   Visit Vinous.com

2013 Riesling The Knoll Lahoma Vineyard 89

Red Newt’s 2013 Lahoma Vineyard Riesling presents a nose of pink grapefruit, a tinge of petrol, and a flinty, reductive note. The palate is fairly creamy, with a glycerin type quality that winemaker Kelby Russell claims comes from prolonged lees exposure. The lowish acidity only emphasizes the textural breadth, and the finish is of medium length. 9 grams per liter residual sugar.
— Kelli White  89   reviewed Jul 2016   Visit Vinous.com