John Gotti's Personal Wine Collection Is Up for Sale at a NYC Wine Shop
Bottles once owned by the infamous organized crime boss are valued at thousands of dollars each.
Although John Gotti has been dead for almost two decades, the career mobster still has immediate name-recognition with those who alternate between true-crime documentaries and reruns of The Sopranos, those who remember the so-called "Teflon Don's" high-profile trials in the 1980s, and those who are still morbidly fascinated with the Gambino crime family and the American Mafia.
John "Junior" Gotti, briefly followed his dad into the, uh, family business, and briefly led the Gambino family himself. He was later indicted eight times on an assortment of serious charges, put on trial six times, and ultimately served seven years in prison after accepting a plea deal. Junior left the mob for real after his release, and has busied himself, in part, by telling his family's story and ensuring that no one forgets the Gotti name.
According to the New York Post, Junior is now selling part of his father's wine collection, and it's just as elegant as you'd expect from the guy they called the "Dapper Don." Three dozen bottles from Gotti Sr.'s personal collection are available for purchase at Enoteca LIC, a wine shop in Long Island City, New York.
"I was completely blown away," Enoteca owner Tony D'Aiuto told the Post. "These are some of the best wines in the world." (In addition to owning Enoteca and Levante, a Long Island Italian restaurant, D'Aiuto also had a stint as Junior's criminal defense attorney).
The Times reports that the Gotti collection includes nine bottles of Pétrus (including a 1982 vintage that has been valued at $9,200), a 1983 Château Lafite Rothschild ($3,250) and a 1983 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Grands-Échezeaux ($6,200). One bottle of Pétrus has already sold for over $5,000.
Each bottle comes with a certificate of authenticity, proving that it was originally part of Gotti's undeniably high-dollar collection. "They're a piece of living history. You can't get these wines anywhere else in the world — I don't care if you're a billionaire, trillionaire or zillionaire. You can't buy a John Gotti wine unless you come to my store and buy it," D'Aiuto said. "So there's that unicorn factor."
According to D'Aiuto, Junior is donating the proceeds from each bottle to charity. It's certainly an interesting (if expensive) collectable for the wine-lover or crime-buff in your life — but it's also an upgrade over a Sopranos-style tracksuit.