I’m thrilled to read that most of the wines stolen from The French Laundry have been recovered. I’m puzzled, however, about why someone would risk prison time stealing these wines. There are certainly some wines that are worthy, but if Decanter is correct, the wines stolen were mainly last-decade vintages. Now there are probably a couple of La Tache and Grands Echezeaux for which I would risk hard time and, supposedly, a few that actually COULD BE drinkable now, but think about it. Would one REALLY risk being in prison during the prime period to drink the stolen goods? I know, I know, they were stolen to resell, but the same principle applies to the “receiver of the stolen goods.”
So now I have a new project. One of my great wine friends, Ken Anderson, has a bucket list of wines he wants to drink before he dies. I think I’ll start my own bucket list: “Wines I’d go to Leavenworth for”. This begs the question: What wine would YOU do hard time for?