Red Newt Cellars

Red Newt Cellars is located on the east side of Seneca Lake in the hamlet of Hector in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Red Newt Cellars was founded in 1998 by David and Debra Whiting. Wine production was started with the 1998 vintage with a mere 1,200 cases of Chardonnay, Riesling, Vidal, Cayuga, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The first white wines were released at the grand opening of the winery and restaurant in July of 1999.

Debra and David have received recognition from local and regional press as well as from national publications such as Food and Wine, Nations Restaurant News, and Wine Spectator. Recently, Red Newt Cellars has been named among Wine & Spirits Magazine’s 2011 Top 100 wineries of the year. The Wine Spectator describes David and Debra as “untrammeled lovers of the Finger Lakes scene,” and it couldn’t be more true. David and Debra Whiting met in the late 1980s. At that time David was working as cellar master at a Finger Lakes winery while Debra was supervising microbiology labs at Cornell University. Following a passion for food and wine, David continued his oenological career as winemaker at three different wineries in the Finger Lakes. Debra’s path led her into a gourmet cheesecake business and then an upscale catering business. When the opportunity arose in 1998, David started wine production with the 1998 vintage and the following summer Debra opened the Red Newt Bistro concurrent with the first wine releases in June of 1999. Red Newt Cellars represented the achievement of David and Debra’s longtime goal to combine their efforts and expertise in the exploration of regional wine and cuisine. Their focus was on not only producing exceptional wines and food, but also creating a synergy between them.

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Red Newt Cellars Dry Riesling 2016
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 The 2016 Dry Riesling was sourced from Lahoma Vineyard on Seneca Lake. It comes in with just three grams per liter of residual sugar (a little less than the 2015) and 7.1 grams of total acidity (even higher than the 2015) and 13% alcohol. The winery said this was intentionally left
Item Number: 31543
Case: $161.40

Red Newt Cellars 'Circle' Riesling 2017
89  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 89 “The 2017 Circle Riesling is a blend of vineyards (Tango Oaks and Lahoma) coming in at 31 grams per liter of residual sugar and 7.5 of total acidity, plus 10.5% alcohol. This is supposed to be Red Newt's easy-drinking label, on the sweeter side and with a larger production (4,000
Item Number: 31016
Case: $119.40

Red Newt Cellars 'Lahoma Knoll' Riesling 2014
95  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 95 "An extraordinary wine, this is Finger Lakes dry Riesling at its finest. The nose is an exotic combination of kefir lime, lemon candy, mint, and thyme. The palate is just as expressive as the nose, offering a perfect balance between flesh and acid—rather than one swelling as the
Item Number: 27400

Red Newt Cellars Blue Newt White NV
"The Blue Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma laterale) is an occasional visitor to the Finger Lakes. Just as seeing one of these beautiful creatures is a treat, so are frequent encounters with this wine. Semi-sweet,crisp and elegantly fruity, it can be past of a relaxing afternoon or lively evening. It
Item Number: 3849
Case: $107.40

Red Newt Riesling
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 "The 2013 Riesling "Tango Oaks Vineyard" is not yet released (set for July 1), but it is at least as good as the 2012–and maybe better. It seems fresher and livelier, for one thing, and I don't think that is merely a symptom of being a year younger. Simply gorgeous in aromatics and

Red Newt Cellars Dry Riesling 2015
93  James Suckling 
James Suckling 93 "An extraordinarily expressive and exciting wine for this "regular" category with explosive grapefruit, orange and smoke aromas. Serious concentration and a citrusy acidity that lights up the wine like a flare and drives the super-mineral finish. Perfect now or in 2018, but this

Red Newt Cellars 'Circle' Riesling 2016
90  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 90 Best Buy  " Delicately sweet, exquisitely fruity, exceptionally delicious. Riesling."  "Circle" Riesling shows forward fruit of tangerine and apricot with overtones of citrus and honeysuckle. Crisp and slighly sweet, it shows classic Finger Lakes style and sense of place. It

Red Newt Cellars 'Circle' Riesling 2015
Notes "Circle Riesling is meant to be a quintessential example of Finger Lakes Riesling; a touch of residual sugar to bring out the rich orchard fruit flavors without overwhelming the lemon zest and citrus that make it crisp and refreshing to drink. The overall wine is easy to drink, but made with

Red newt winery Riesling 2013
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91  "The 2013 Riesling "Tango Oaks Vineyard" is at least as good as the 2012–and maybe better. It seems fresher and livelier, for one thing, and I don't think that is merely a symptom of being a year younger. Simply gorgeous in aromatics and intensity of flavor, it may not quite have

Red Newt Cellars Dry Riesling 2014
92  Vinous Media 
Wine Advocate 90  "The 2014 Dry Riesling has 6 grams per liter of residual sugar and 11.8% alcohol. Classic, transparent and fresh, this opens tight and a bit closed, but it is gripping on the finish with fine tension. Precise, focused, solid in the mid-palate for the style and just a little

Red Newt Cellars 'Circle' Riesling 2014
90  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 90 Grapefruit, peach and melon notes cannonball from nose to palate of this bright, intensely fruity wine. Zesty lemon-lime acidity keeps it vivacious and spry, but the finish is long, marked by gentle touches of honey and hibiscus nectar. BEST BUY !

Red Newt Cellars Dry Riesling 2013
92  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 92 A graceful wine, this plays the line between savory and fruity, the biscuity, leesy scent gathering into an uplifting pineapple brightness. The flavors move into the realm of stone fruits, with a vibrant acidity that links savory and sweet. That vibrancy and persistence is the

Red Newt Cellars Cabernet Franc 2014
" The Red Newt Cellars Cabernet Franc is a pretty, gentle, well balanced Cabernet Franc with clear and attractive flavors. Not intense, it shows some of the same character as the 2014 Rieslings — it will work well with many types of food.  Light ruby in color (with a hint of violet), warm/meaty

Red Newt Cellars 'Fred Block' Riesling 2012
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "The 2012 Riesling "Sawmill Creek Vineyards - Fred Block" is a younger vines Riesling (at 20 years, that's relative as compared to 35 for its other Sawmill siblings reviewed this issue), just a bit off-dry. It comes in at 16 grams per liter of residual sugar and 10% alcohol. Well,

Red Newt Cellars 'Circle' Riesling 2013
90  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 90 TOP 100 BEST BUYS OF 2015 #33 "Lithe and dancing in texture, yet robustly concentrated with yellow peach and cherry flavors, Red Newt's Circle delivers great quality for a gentle price, vintage after vintage. Off dry in style, it's zesty and bright, finishing long with a fresh

Red Newt Cellars Dry Riesling 2006
87  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 87"Tight and light-bodied at first, but fresh, with nervy lime and mineral notes that leave a mouthwatering feel, while opening up to show greater depth as this airs in the glass. Drink now through 2009. 800 cases made."

Red Newt Cellars 'Reserve' Riesling 2003
 Winery Notes This Riesling is dry, firm, and complex with tangerine, apricot and citrus overtones. Crisp, supple and aromatic, this wine is a classically structured Finger Lakes Riesling. Riesling can be an exceptionally versatile wine with a wide variety of foods. This "Reserve" bottling has

Red Newt Cellars Cabernet Franc 2007
"Cabernet Franc is an up and coming red variety for the Finger Lakes. Cranberry and raspberry characters with overtones of smoke and spice make an elegant red that shows well young and ages beautifully." ~ Winery notes

Red Newt Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Winery NotesThis Cabernet Sauvignon displays forward berry fruit and subtle aromas of smoke and pepper. Barrel aging lends complexities of oak. Double Gold Medal: 2003 Indy International Wine Competition

Red Newt Cellars Gewurztraminer 2007
Winery NotesGewerztraminer is a variety of grape that produces a wine with exquisite spice and complexity. Delicate floral aromas combined with flavors of ripe watermelon and lychee balance a palate that is rich, creamy and elegant. Tastes great paired with spicy seafood and oriental cuisine.

Red Newt Cellars Red Newt White Vidal/Cayuga
"A semi-dry, exquisitely fruity blend of Vidal Blanc and Cayuga White. Perfectly balanced to accompany a wide variety of foods and please most any palate. 3% RS Gold Medal/Best of Class: 2003 New York State Fair "

Red Newt Cellars Salamander White
"Dry with delicate aromas of apple followed by lean citrus flavors and a crisp finish with hints of lemon peel." ~Winery Notes