Another dinner out. Started out with a 2010 White Oak Russian River Chard. Excellent choice to start out. Good fruit, good acidity, classic Russian River finish. Went very well with the Chicken Carbonara and shrimp. We then moved on to a 98 Dunn Howell Mt Cab. This was a little tight but with a little decanting smoothed into that beautiful dense, dark, deep Howell Mt. with dark fruit flavors, well balanced tannins, and a long long finish. It probably could have stood another 5-10 years in the bottle but a beautiful bottle of wine. It paired well with the beef stew and lamb shank. We went from there to a 2009 Kistler Pinot single vineyard (Katherine’s?) that was beyond the pale. Burgundian in style with the smooth elegance and power of a fine Corton. Tremendous acidity with a powerful red and dark fruit and a finsh that lasted for 30-45 seconds overwhelming the palate with a myriad of flavors (all good). It paired perfectly with cheeses which brought out all the subtle flavors of the wine. Great night. Upon arriving home we cracked an 07 Robert Stemmler Ferguson Block Pinot for a final glass. Excellent finish to finish an excellent night. Going on vacation for a few days. We will be tasting some monsters in the next few days. Always a great time in the snowy North. Stay in touch!