So Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken, Jr. got into the Hall of Fame this week. I doubt there's anyone who denies they deserve it. They were both clearly megastars during their long playing careers, and are, by all accounts, upstanding citizens as well.
Meanwhile Mark McGwire, seventh on the all-time home run list, got a resounding "NO" in his first time on the ballot, with a percentage so low, it bodes poorly for his chances of ever becoming a Hall of Famer.
Gwynn, Ripken and McGwire can certainly be made into a wine analogy. There are wines that have great track records for 20 years, while others that flame in and out for just a few. There are wines that bat .310 every season, but with little power, while others are like the Mighty Casey—hitting homers and striking out with equal frequency.
For me, my Ripken wine has to be Clos des Papes, which I have back to '90. At its current rate, it might hit 2,632 consecutive outstanding vintages.
My Tony Gwynn is the Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr—I have the auslese back to '95, along with some spätlesen and gold cap bottlings. Anything from Manfred Prüm is a sweetly stroked, two-out RBI, opposite-field single every time.
My McGwire? Probably the '00 Château Tertre Roteboeuf, a property whose wines I'd never purchased before that, and haven't bought since. I don't know how the '00 got so good, so quickly, and I'm not sure I want to know.
So, which wines do you put in your cellar year in and year out? And which wines have you cherry picked when they had a career year?