With Black Friday and Internet Monday behind us with a swift kick to the start of the Holiday shopping season, PNC Wealth Management, the team that has been reporting annually since 1984 the total cost of the items in the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” released this year’s tally. The gifts will set you back $21,080.10. Up 8% year over year (more than double the Consumer Price Index YOY). So, in the holiday spirit, I thought I would take the liberty to recreate my own Twelve Days of Christmas inserting the wines on my wish list this year and the cost of these wines based on a simple Snooth search. Let’s see if I break the bank.
On the Twelfth Day of Christmas,
My true love sent to me….
Twelve drummers drumming,
This is my chance to beat the drum for a case of wine. So, I’ll close my eyes real tight and hope the big man with the big beard and red sack is carrying twelve bottles of 1989 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis . At $435 a bottle, that’s a fast start at $5,220. But, hey, we’re in Italy, no better way to travel then in the breathtaking and beautiful reference point for racecars, a Ferrari.
Eleven pipers piping,
Pipers. How about Piper-Heidsieck Champagne? Although good, I prefer Delamotte, Salon’s second label. I’ll go Non Vintage on this one at $40 a bottle. Total: $440.
Ten lords a-leaping,
Frog’s Leap, of course. I’ll take ten bottles of 2003 Cabernet . A Snooth search found the wines at $31/bottle. A steal at $310.
Nine ladies dancing,
Champagne gets everyone dancing, but I got my fill already. So, how about slow dancing with DuMOL’s 2006 Chardonnay “Isobel.” Upon mailing list release the wine cost something like $60 a bottle. That’s $540.
Eight maids a-milking,
Milk and wine don’t mix. But the PNC report suggests that the “maids” would be eight minimum wage farmhands. In California, minimum wage equals $8 an hour. My favorite $8 wine is… who am I kidding? I can’t remember the last $8 wine I drank and this is a wish list. So, how about $50 a bottle; then, I’ll take ten bottles of Saint-Julien “Third Growth” Chateau Lagrange (2005) . There will be a great many wines on this list; some will need a little cellaring. $400.
Seven swans a-swimming,
It would be easy to insert a Joseph Swan Pinot Noir here, but instead, I am going to accept all seven Domaine de la Romanee-Conti wines (six Pinot Noirs and one Chardonnay). Echezeaux, Grand Echezeaux, Romanee St. Vivant, Richebourg, La Tache, Romanee-Conti and Montrachet. In the secondary market, DRC can fetch more than $3,000 a bottle for a recent vintage. Seven bottles will break the budget, so why not spend $21,000 swimmingly.
Six geese a-laying,
Here are six bottles of wine I will need to lay down as well. A vertical of Haut-Brion starting from legendary vintage 2000 and ending with another legend, 2005. That will cost a savvy shopper around $4,000.
Five golden rings,
Portia, the heroine of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, questions her prospective suitors with a choice between three casks filled with gold, silver and iron. Win or lose her love, I’d think we’d all pick the gold. So, I’m going with Oriel wine company’s golden delicious blend of Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Tocai, called Portia . For twenty bucks a bottle; times five, that’s a mere $100.
Four calling birds,
I’ll give into buying by the label on this one and begrudgingly accept four bottles of Blackbird Vineyards 2005 Proprietary Red at 80 bucks a bottle. $320 total.
Three French hens,
Viognier from Condrieu is so seductive, I’ll “cap” these French hens with Rene Rostaing’s 2004 La Bonnette Condrieu . At a total of $141, and after consuming three bottles in one night, you’ll need more than a rooster to wake me in the morning.
In the New Testament, the Holy Spirit is symbolized by a dove. In the spirit of the passing of France’s finest Sauvignon Blanc maker, Didier Dagueneau, I will take a bottle of Silex and one of Pur Sang . That’s $131.
And a partridge in a pear tree!
Sticking with an alliteration, my partridge in a pear tree will be a bottle of Petrus. How about the Roberta Parker perfect scorer from 1990 ? At auction recently, it hit a high of $3,872. A fine finisher to a list that has gone way over budget. $36,444. An average of $467 a bottle, egad! But, yes (maybe), Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. Hopefully he won’t be carrying any Virginia wines with him. (Just kidding, you fine winemakers on the East Coast!)
Dan Petroski is Assistant Winemaker at Larkmead Vineyards in Napa Valley. Dan has an MBA from New York University and worked as an Ad Exec in New York for several years, before switching it up and trading his suit for a move out west.
The Twelve Days of Christmas
- Blog comment by sandy texture, Dec 4, 2008.
Whew! That was lucky, I can return the gift pack of \"Four Seasons All Natural Scented Italian Soaps\" from Williams Sonoma and get the Barolo instead...
- Reply by John Andrews, Dec 4, 2008.
Dan ... I think I want to spend Christmas with you. With a list like that I'd be happpppy. :-)