These are the top five wines from the party (with thanks to Brad Boyle for running some statistics on the scores):
Rex Goliath Pinot Noir, no year (France)
Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir, 2006 (Oregon)
Olaia Tempranillo/Prieto Picudo/Merlot, 2005 (Spain)
Little Penguin Pinot Noir, 2007 (Australia)
Barefoot Zinfandel, 2007 (California)
Maybe Pinot Noir just goes well with spaghetti bolognese and garlic bread!
This Bogle Merlot received just a middle-of-the-pack ranking out of 14 wines but was within statistical spitting distance of the top wines.