In a word, wow. I'll try to take some of this home with me next year, and be sure to drink it out of better glasses than the cheap crappy ones at this hotel - I have to admit, it does help to have a ridiculously big glass that allows you to smell it without running the risk of spilling it on the davenport.
I've also gone completely over the top and picked up a bottle of the $48 2000 Shiraz Viognier, but I don't dare open that just yet. I'm thinking New Caledonia, or, barring that, I'll be sharing it with friends in Sydney, possibly comparing it with the 1996 Cigare from Santa Cruz.
* Dan had bought a bottle of $12 NV Jacob's Creek sparkling wine, which wasn't particularly wonderful, and after that bottle, I thought it would be a bad idea to drink anything else, but now I'm very glad I went against my better judgement.