Poker players like to say “I’d rather be lucky than good.” Is this just another way of saying you do something often enough you’re bound to fall into something good sometime? Vince Neil and his band were very very lucky. They made superb RnR and at some point Vince made a wine. We have not tasted it. But we do have a motley assortment of other wine odds and ends. [ed. Dude that would have been cool tasting the Cr√ºe wine. I thought you knew people.]
2008 Drouhin Laforet Bourgogne $14: This is the entry level wine from Drouhin, along with Jadot, one of the top two negociants from Burgundy. We have tasted the white on enough occasions going back decades that we would never give it another sip. However, we cannot recall ever trying the red. Surprisingly good. IGTY might want to match it with the Sainstbury Garnet. That would be interesting. Lovely, lively, sharp. Excellent Pinot Noir fruit. Very Old World. Now we know. You can drink the red Laforet. 13%
2008 Vallado Douro Vinho Tinto $12: Ferreira family of Oporto fame. Medium weight, earthy flavors. After it is open a bit somebody says pork belly. Flavors show slight sweetness. Caramel. 13.5%
2007 Weingut J√§ger Federspiel Ried Weitenberg Wachau Gruner Veltliner $10: This will get your umlauts going. A racy white wine! From Austria. Grapefruit, citrus flavors. Somebody says eraser dust. Hard to challenge that. Another blowout deal from Steve Goldun of Palate Wine Merchant. Very likeable and a steal at this price. 12.5%
1998 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande $30 (way back when): Bought on release at LA Wine Co. I saw it posted online at $85. Compared with release prices in 2010 this would be the clear winner. Can you believe the alcohol level? Is 12.5% still possible from Bordeaux? A wine like this will convert a person to Bordeaux. A wine like this can stand up to really fine Burgundy. One of the Super Seconds which refers to its classification as a “Second Growth”. Click here if you MUST know what that is all about. Classic pencil lead nose. Like buttah. Blending 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot. When we drank lots of Bordeaux in wine school this was the class favorite [ed. it's the Merlot, Seriously.]. An hour later the fruit has faded. The gorgeous spectacular soft Cabernet has been replaced with veggie and rooty flavors. This is why we drink them young. Cabernet does not have the range in flavors as does Pinot Noir. When Cabernet slips into memory it does so as something singular. Still a big treat. 12.5%
Here’s yer Cr√ºe in all their whiskey breath hooker babes junked out glory. You can see they already got a bunch of $$.