Ritual Pinot Noir from Casablanca Valley 2012: still damn good please see last blog. A fine investment. An excellent bottle of wine, however not the supreme ruler of the ceiling.
We also had Cindy's contribution Hidden Cellars 2011 Mendocino County Petit Sirah purchased for five measly dollars which is a much better investment than the five dollars worth of Slim Jim's and Little Debbie snack cakes that I made. it's a saucy little wench and has a little more depth than I would expect and actually quite good.
The ruler of the evening is the 1999 Puelles Rioja: a 15 year old courtesy of K&L Wines - dark purple lots of personality many layers lot going on here awesome. we're going to finish the bottle.
In closing: the ritual was eclipsed- I'm getting $60 together to buy a case of hidden cellars and another 40 bucks to buy more to more bottles of Puelles - which is also incredible. Go forth and get hammered.