The Final Column

Two sips of Leese-Fitch was all it took. We had found what we were looking for. There is no point in looking further. Good-bye. We quit.

“I fear that Mr. Sherlock Holmes may become like one of those popular tenors who, having outlived their time, are still tempted to make repeated farewell bows to their indulgent audiences. This must cease and he must go …” — Arthur Conan Doyle, in his preface to “The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes”

Leese-Fitch is a 2007 California Cabernet Sauvignon. Rooster Brother is selling it for the extremely improbable sum of $8.45 a bottle. This is the greatest bargain on the planet. Not since the purchase of Manhattan for a pile of beads has there been such a deal.

This luscious red has oak, chocolate, cherries and several accents that have not yet been invented followed by a delightfully smooth, fruity finish. It is cheaper than your boss yet better than many $20 Cabernets.

We even like the cork, something new called a “zork,” that combines the best attributes of a screw top and a cork. It’s like the big, hefty corks on a bottle of port or Rebel Yell bourbon.

The mission of this humble, often inaccurate, generally unreliable guide has been to direct the reader to inexpensive but drinkable wines. Mission accomplished. Grail discovered. Moby Dick harpooned. Professor Moriarty slain.


Next week: The farewell tour begins (Cher has been on one for 18 years).


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