In 1997, PlumpJack made the bold decision to bottle its finest Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon under the screw cap closure in an effort to maintain only the highest quality wine. PlumpJack made the decision to bottle half in cork finish and half in screw cap. It was the first luxury brand that took the risk and chance at this form of bottling.
“With screw cap wines you are getting something that is very consistent, no influence of TCA, and bottle uniformity throughout the entire lot. When PlumpJack went out on this quest to use screw caps, there was resistance and supporters.”
– Jeff Owens, Winemaker at Odette Estate
Once thought of as the enclosure for only cheap wines, screw caps are becoming a viable alternative to corks for wines at every level and price point. The beauty behind the screw cap is the best way to ensure that every single bottle that you open as a consumer is exactly as the winemaker intended. PlumpJack took the leap and now screw caps are sweeping the industry. Whether you are enjoying an afternoon in the park with friends or a nice dinner with a loved one, the following are a few of our favorite screw cap wines.
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CADE Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 2014
Our 2014 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc has a nose that is filled with aromas of green apple, lemon, lime, honeydew melon, white peaches, white flowers, grapefruit, lemon meringue, and canteloupe. There is great viscosity and weight in the palate followed by a vibrant acidity on the finish that gives the wine a juicy mouth-watering presence. The wine has flavors of grapefruit, orange zest, kiwi, toasted almonds and a mineral/flinty edge.
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Sacred Hill Orange Label Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014
Most people associate New Zealand with sauvignon blanc but the region is proving it is more the just a one trick pony by producing great wines from other grape varieties as well, including pinot noir. The Sacred Hill Pinot Noir pours a radiant color of pale garnet with aromas of wild strawberry and cranberry mixing with savory notes of fresh mushroom and dried herbs. The palate reflects the aroma with ripe red fruits, an underlying earthy complexity, and a refreshing finish.
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Fire Road Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand 2014
New Zealand was the first to adopt the screw cap en masse and today almost every single wine from that country uses screw cap enclosures, including the Fire Road sauvignon blanc. Light bodied, dry and crisp, this wine is full of the typical Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc flavors of grapefruit, passion fruit, and melon with a pleasing thread of herbaceous goodness. Best enjoyed with seafood, pasta, white meats and summer salads.
Studert Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2012
German winemakers have been among the first in Europe to embrace the screw cap revolution and it is now common to see a Riesling from Germany with a screw cap enclosure. The Studert Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2012 is among our favorite screw cap Riesling in store at the moment. The nose on this wine presents intense tart stone fruits, green apple, a hint of orange rind, and plenty of slate. The palate is bright with powerful acidity balanced by just enough sweetness with a green apple and mineral finish.
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Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant 2009
Randall Grahm has been doing things differently since he began Bonny Doon Vineyards in 1983, putting screw caps on his wine is no exception. Bonny Doon was among the first in the US to adopt the screw cap for premium wines. The dark color Le Cigare Volant is reflected in dark aromas of char, tobacco, dried herbs and subtle notes of earthy-mushrooms. Tart red berry notes, particularly cherry and cranberry, balance the dark aromas making this a deeply complex wine. The savory and tart combination continues on the palate with the addition of dark currant and spice tones leading to a medium finish.
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PlumpJack Reserve Chardonnay 2014
A list of our favorite screw caps wines would not be complete without mentioning one of our own. In 2000 PlumpJack bottle half the 1997 Reserve Cab in screw cap and the other half in natural cork. We’ve continued bottling a number of our wines with screw caps in a commitment to maintain only the highest quality of wine, including our reserve chardonnay. This wine opens with fresh green apple and Bartlett pear on the nose, with some tropical notes as well. The palate has a beautiful, bright, lively acidity, which is balanced by the creamy, rich texture. A touch of oak gives the wine traces of vanilla, flint, and spice. Check out Robert Parker’s reviews on this wine and other PlumpJack Wines.
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All these wines are available at PlumpJack Wine & Spirits, Noe Valley.