By far the most tense and rocky Riesling of the Red Newt lineup, the 2012 Sawmill Creek South Block opens with aromas of green apple, bread dough, and petrol. On the palate the wine is austere to the point of feeling bony, with a penetrating chalky quality that extends into the finish. 7 grams per liter residual sugar.
— Kelli White 89 reviewed Jul 2016 Visit Vinous.com
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
Red Newt’s 2012 Curry Creek Pinot Gris shows the heat of the vintage with its super-ripe nose of bruised strawberries, crème brulee, and honey. The palate is plush and decadent but lacking the acidity to carry all that flesh. Some residual sugar (27 grams per liter) is apparent.
— Kelli White 85 reviewed Jul 2016 Visit Vinous.com
Pale gold/green in hue. This extremely aromatic wine offers a punchy, tropical nose of apricot, star fruit, kiwi, and lime, in addition to a compelling smoky note that snakes through the fruit. Given the exuberance of the nose, the palate is surprisingly austere, with a pronounced structure and a distinctly chalky undertone. 6 grams per liter residual sugar.
— Kelli White 88 reviewed Jul 2016 Visit Vinous.com
Pale yellow gold. A fantastic wine, the 2012 Bullhorn Creek Riesling is impeccably balanced, with the nose and palate in perfect harmony. This is decidedly not a fruity wine, though its nose of wet stone, moss, diesel, and a touch of Asian pear still manages to be charming. The palate boasts 10 grams per liter of residual sugar, which it wears quite well. Super-expressive and juicy, this wine is mouth-watering and extremely appealing on the palate. The finish is long and stony, with a Chablis-like mineral funk underlining the finish. Very nice.
— Kelli White 92 reviewed Jul 2016 Visit Vinous.com
Deep, bright gold in hue. This Beerenauslese style wine was produced from botrytis-infected bunches that were picked in the second half of November. The nose is gorgeous, offering super sweet apricot, white flowers, white tea leaves, warm spice cake, and pineapple. The texture is extremely concentrated and unctuous, with a sweet core of tropical fruit that coats the palate and lingers well into the finish. The acidity is modest but does its job, adding definition to the billowing palate. (tank sample)
— Kelli White (90-93) reviewed Jul 2016 Visit Vinous.com
Scents of freshly squeezed lemon juice combined with aromas of white sage, bread dough, and struck stones in this exceptionally bright and fun wine. The acidity is quite striking, making for a long, lean wine. The fruit is very much in the background, with rocky and even herbal tones coming through on the finish. 16 grams per liter residual sugar.
— Kelli White 91 reviewed Jul 2016 Visit Vinous.com
A riper, more tropical expression of Riesling, this talkative wine displays a beautiful nose of papaya, crushed flowers, canned pears and pineapple. The palate is quite weighty, with a rich core of juicy stone fruits and a low-toned, stony quality running beneath. While there is sweetness, this is ultimately a dry wine, albeit a lush one. (tank sample)
— Kelli White (89-91) reviewed Jul 2016 Visit Vinous.com
The 2012 Tango Oaks Riesling is another beautifully aromatic offering from Red Newt. Aromas of lemongrass, spearmint, flint, and bread dough combine to form the nose. The palate is rocky and long, with a lithe body and impressive mineral depth. Perhaps because of the heat of the year, this wine’s acid feels comparatively modest, but is still present in sufficient quantity to shape and lift the wine. 7 grams per liter residual sugar.
— Kelli White 90 reviewed Jul 2016 Visit Vinous.com
Produced in an unoaked style, this wine offers a feminine, herb-kissed nose of bright red fruit, Christmas cake, carob, and apple blossom. The palate is clean and straightforward, with a juicy core, fine-grained tannins and an integrated acidity. Very balanced and pure. (barrel sample)
— Kelli White (89-90) reviewed Jul 2016 Visit Vinous.com