Good Morning Gentle Readers,
At long last, TWC sampled my first screw top wine, a splashy 2003 pinot noir from Argyle, and I must remark that although some of the biggies in the persuasion business were thrilled, TWC was slightly to moderately underwhelmed. For the money, I'd go elsewhere.
Oh, it was a decent enough wine but certainly not deserving of a berth in the low 90’s and a price tag approaching two sawbucks. Plus there was that ghastly screw top reminiscent of Tyrolia, Carlo Rossi, or worse, Night Train. And maybe that’s the whole psychological taint right there. The wine wasn’t corked it was, ahem, unscrewed.
TWC is against screw top wine on principle. Spare me the lectures about spoilage and technology and how dispensing with the cork will put the earth back into balance and what a boon this will be for producers and consumers alike. I don’t care. It’s just not done and those who praise innovations like this have obviously been raised by wolves (thanks Shepard). And screw tops make it just that much easier for your kids to get into the juice. Corks are for the children you know.
That said, it should be noted that TWC is among those who dwell in the Dark Ages, along with 80% of those polled by Wine Spectator.
But wait, just this past week, in Robin Garr's informal poll, those raised by wolves are running away with it. Hummpphhh.