Cherry Newton Syrah 2015 | 93pt, Single-vineyard Santa Barbara Red
Cherry Newton Syrah 2015 pours a dark purplish-black hue. The vibrant, over-the-top nose of crushed blackberries, cassis, and spicy Mexican chocolate. The color and nose hint at plenty of power on the palate, which comes with black and blue fruit and a wild meaty character, accented with black pepper. Kirsch, graphite, cigar ash, tar, licorice, and black olive tapenade fall in line on the mid-palate. The tannins have melded with the fruit and oak to become dusty on the long, lingering, and dry finish, which is a 180-degree turn from the full-throttle power on the palate. Single-vineyard Syrah for this price is a steal! Drink now – 2024.
Jeff Newton hires Winemaker Cris Cherry | Meet Cherry Newton!
93 points Vinous | Cherry Newton Syrah 2015 consists of 70% whole clusters, fermented in concrete tanks and aged in French oak barrels, a third of them new) Bright purple. Heady, mineral- and spice-accented dark berry and cherry scents carry a suave floral overtone that builds with aeration. Juicy, sweet, and expansive on the palate, offering intense boysenberry and cherry liqueur flavors and sexy allspice and violet pastille qualities. Fine-grained tannins build steadily on the impressively long, sweet finish, which leaves a sappy blue fruit note behind.
When he uncovered an especially perfect plot of Syrah vines in this hidden pocket of Ballard Canyon, he decided he wanted it all to himself. He purchased the vines outright, and hired the best winemaker he knew—Cris Cherry of Villa Creek in Paso Robles—to help him make his very first wine. Cherry Newton was born.
Serendipitous cellar discovery of the year
Jeff’s 2015 Cherry Newton Syrah Rancho Boa Vista Vineyard, a sensational 93-point red that carries a $55 sticker price. But our impeccable timing and willingness to take every last bottle results in today’s deal: Just $23 per bottle.
Five years in the cellar has done wonders for this bold Syrah. It’s got sumptuous Morello cherry notes accented with hints of graphite, cigar, tar, licorice. Then add black olive tapenade and tannins that meld beautifully with the fruit and oak textures. Hence becoming wonderfully dusty on the finish. Long, lingering, and elegant, we kept coming back to our glass until the bottle that Jeff had popped for us was history.