I have added some new wines to the ever growing list...
2006 Arancio Nero D'Avola, Sicilia $32
2005 Campolieti Valpolicella, Italy $48
2005 Newton 'unfiltered' Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa $95
2005 Tait Ball Buster Shiraz, Barossa Valley $48
2006 Saviano Orvieto Classico Superiore, Italy $34
There are three thing s going on here:
1) Adding some depth to our Italian Options was a priority this time around, as you can tell.
2) A friend of mine, Soren, the Executive Chef at The Ipswich Country Club, suggested I try the Tait Ball Buster Shiraz... which I did. It is very very good, with a funny story about how Tait named it after his wife... she is of course, the ball buster.
3) The Newton unfiltered Cabernet is another story altogether, much better told by acclaimed wine reviewer Robert Parker: "Even longer-lived than the Merlot, are the 4,000 or so cases of 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Unfiltered. What people don’t realize is that proprietress Su Hua Newton completely declassified the 2003 and 2004 vintages, as she just wasn’t happy with them. This is her first vintage since 2002. The wine is deep ruby/purple in color and exhibits notes of underbrush, black truffle, creme de cassis, incense, and a hint of earth. It is full-bodied, powerful, but at the same time elegant, pure, and moderately tannic..." He continues to write about the vineyard itself "One of the most spectacularly beautiful vineyards, high on the lower slopes of Spring Mountain, is Newton Vineyards. Organically farmed and impeccably manicured, this was one of the first outposts to which famed Bordeaux consultant Michel Rolland came, and an entire generation of winemakers formed by his brilliance have emerged from Newton. The overall style of the wine is one built on European elegance and longevity."
Hopefully you have a chance to enjoy some of these...