I’m always pleased when I hear that a vintner is trying out twist-offs. The tide of acceptance is turning as more of us tire of bad corks and appreciate how safe and easy twisties are to use.
Still, I have one concern: Some wineries are splitting the difference on closures, bottling a portion of their wine under cork and the rest with twisties, causing us to debate which bottling we should review.
I know that may sound silly. Yet if you’ve tried wines bottled under different closures, you know that they can have subtle differences. Will we reach a state where a tasting note indicates the closure? Tasted from a twist-off? Bottled under cork?
As for retrospective tastings, I suppose wineries with wines under both closures will choose which one to present. Presumably that will eventually show them which closures work best for their wine longer term. This year, for example, I’m re-tasting 1997 Cabernets and one winery, PlumpJack, has some bottlings sealed with cork, the rest with twist-offs. I’m hoping to taste both.
I’m curious if you’ve thought about this potential dilemma? I know producers have, and they’re as anxious as we are to taste the results—and see how the wines progress.
Charles J Stanton — Eugene, OR — June 15, 2007 3:59pm ET
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