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2002 Newton The Puzzle

  • 95 WA
  • 89 WS
  • 86 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend

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SKU: 55275-2002-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 86

    ($57) Medium red. Aromas of redcurrant and currant leaf; shows a cooked/underripe character. Then sweet and reasonably supple but distinctly green on the palate, with flavors of currant, licorice and herbs. Finishes with dusty tannins that avoid dryness.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2005
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    Only made in the most exceptional vintages, The Puzzle can be 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, but the 2002 The Puzzle is a blend of 35% Cabernet Franc, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 9% Petit Verdot. Deep and rich, with notes of incense, charcoal, graphite, black cherries and black currants, this full-bodied, layered, multidimensional effort displays terrific fruit, lots of tannin and decent acidity. It is a stunning wine that blends Old World austerity, structure and terroir with the exuberant, ripe, flamboyant fruit of northern California. Give it another 4-5 years of cellaring and drink it over the following two decades.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

    Rich and intense without being heavy, with a medley of berry, currant, cedary oak, sage and mineral. Well-structured, with firm, integrated tannins that tighten up on the finish. Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Drink Dates: 2007-2025
    Author: Chris Ahearn
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Author: Dbluband
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: Yamadori
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Bettina K
  • Self | Rating:

    Like a harsh bordeux. Oakey finish. Mineral up front. Not a fruit bomb. Does not linger on the palate very long.
    Author: Richard Storm
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Okay wine. a bit over-ripe
    Author: Seaway J
  • Self | Rating: 88

    RP gave this a 92---but he definitely over-rated it. on opening, the wine has a deep purple color and a sour taste. opens up after about 40 minutes and the red currant flavor comes to the fore. finish is dry, but not unpleasant. may be in a |dumb| phase.
    Drink Dates: 2007-2015
    Author: Serl Z
  • Self | Rating:

    Very aromatic; dark fruits, good texture.My score=87.
    Author: Monticello1743

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 154 bottles owned
  • 43 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 43 collectors)