Future Mrs. Whiner and I had a great time last night dining and drinking with the Trouble Causing Forumites... (I should specially thank the DRAB and Grape Ape families who have really made an effort to make L and I feel included).
In any event, I don't think I tasted all of the wines at the dinner, but here are very brief impressions on some of the wines...
2002 Staglin Chardonnay: Very good, apple-pear fruit with some vanillin and a long, buttery finish. Creamy in the mouth.
2002 Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay: Good, not too oaked at all, but a little brighter than I would like, ideally. Lots of fruit.
2002 Aubert Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard: Yummy. Lots of complexity, lime on nose and palate. The most Burgundian of the three Chards and my favorite. Was even better 3 hours after being opened and at room temperature.
2000 Shafer Relentless: Very good but a bit young. Lots of dark fruits and brown spice.
1996 Lewelling Cab: No fruit.
2001 Lewelling Cab: Very good. Better in a few years. Typical good '01 Napa Cab.
1991 Dalla Valle: Very good. Very Bordeaux-like. Not getting any better, but also not really over the hill, IMO. My personal preference is for the style of the '99.
2001 Dunn Napa: Tight as a drum and/or slightly corked. Seems like there is stuff going on, but I couldn't tell what that was.
1994 St. Clement (something). Good.
2002 Rosenblum Monte Rosso Zin: I thought this was very very good, but I think I liked it more than most people. Over-the-top, rich, fruit-bomb. Low tannin, low acid.
<Insert Sauternes here> Very good. I think this needs lots of time.
I know it is wrong to chose a wine that you brought as your WOTN, but, for me, the Aubert was my favorite. It was a 92.5 wine 20 minutes after the cork was popped, but there was a little left in the bottle near the end of the meal and by that time it was a 94 point wine. This is one list I'm very happy I'm on.
I forgot about the '99 Guigal CdP and the Bonnacoursi Pinot.
The Guigal was a typical, earthy, CdP. Not bad, but, IMO, not WOTY material at all.
The Bonnacoursi was very nice. I think Grape Ape called the nose, "exploded firecracker" which wouldn't have thought of, but which I deffinitely smelled. A little more tar than a typical pinot. This might be better in a year but it is certainly nice now.
We had a great time!