Am I the only one who feels slightly bamboozled when a great wine has a screw top? Opening a bottle of wine is part of the experience. I can still remember how difficult it was for me the first time, the second time, heck, probably the 100th time. Occasionally, I will meet a cork that has had a difficult life requiring extra special attention. I’ve had moments of cockiness that left me looking inexperienced and foolish. You know the moment I’m talking about…that moment that you stab your corkscrew into the bottle with only half a look to line it up and half the power needed to properly puncture the cork and you find yourself twisting down cock-eyed and mumbling, “Oh crap” to yourself as you realize the cork is going to break and break in a bad way. But for the most part, its a dance with the bottle. It’s foreplay. Occasionally, I find myself thoroughly enjoying a bottle of wine with a dang screw top, like tonight, and I usually feel cheated. I’ve skipped the foreplay and gone straight in for the…well ya’ know what.
So Bonny Doon Vineyards has successfully impressed me with this wine. It’s 62% cabernet sauvignon, 22% Petit Verdot, 8% Tannat, 7% Syrah and 1% Petit Syrah. It’s a fruity California wine that fits my underdeveloped palate with a screw top juxtaposed by a 90 point glass of wine. I have to admit I’m impressed. Normally, I avoid the screw top when taking a bottle to one of our potlucks. It seems to scream tacky, even though I know it shouldn’t anymore. Yep, I’ve been missing out. Occasionally, you just have to screw it.