For Mrs. VeV's bday celevbrations over the weekend:
NV Bernard Gaucher Prestige Brut (2008 base) - these keep getting better with time. High pinot % shines through with a good dose of autolytic notes as well.
1999 Ridge Pagani Ranch - Swoon. The whole kitchen filled with the scent of the wine when the cork came out. So complex and balanced.
2006 Ben Glaetzer Amon-Ra - Monstrous blueberry pie in a glass. Mrs. VeV loved it, I stuck to the Ridge.
2005 Carlisle Two Acres - in the same vein as the Ridge, but more mouvedre influence. Seemed elegant and restrained after the Amon-Ra. These Two Acres might be my favourite Carlisle bottling for thier uniqueness.
Fladgate 40 YO Tawny - brought by a friend. Gorgeous stuff after dinner on the deck.