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Old 01-05-2013, 02:26 PM
 
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My friend just bought a bottle of wine, with a screwtop, it is called, "Head Snapper".

Anyone have an opinion on wine without corks? Can it be good quality?
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Old 01-05-2013, 02:56 PM
 
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My friend just bought a bottle of wine, with a screwtop, it is called, "Head Snapper".

Anyone have an opinion on wine without corks? Can it be good quality?

Screwtops may look "cheap" but they actually are better for many wines. For reds it solves the problem of cardboard taint from contaminated cork that occurs in 2~5% of bottles. And for whites it helps to preserve the freshness as screwtops provide a stronger seal against oxygen than traditional corks. Even with all the benefits weighing in on the side of screwtops, high-end wineries are loathe to abandon corks because collectors & winos who buy expensive bottles like the sight & sound of uncorking, especially in restaurant settings where the majority of fine wine is purchased.

As to whether your Head Snapper is any good, take a look over at CellarTracker (Advanced Search - CellarTracker) and see what other drinkers have noted about your wine. For the '10 vintage most notes say it's a simpler wine with big fruit flavors but totally quaffable. It doesn't seem to have any sharp edges, nor earthy, musky, foresty notes, nor woody hard tannins (which are usually hallmarks of more complex high-quality "premium" reds). But those kind of bottles usually are made to age 5~10 yrs before they can truly be appreciated.
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:36 AM
 
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:10 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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My friend just bought a bottle of wine, with a screwtop, it is called, "Head Snapper".

Anyone have an opinion on wine without corks? Can it be good quality?
More wineries are switching to screw tops all the time, it has little to do with the quality of the wine. I, personally love the idea, but I also like using my fancy wine cork remover..
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