Christopher Pratt (cpratt) wrote,
Christopher Pratt

One last bit.

True story: at Plantagenet, I wanted to try the riesling first, but was delayed as the very friendly woman manning the tasting area couldn't find a corkscrew. I joked that she must be sad they aren't using Stelvin closure, to which she said not to worry, the not yet released 2001 and 2002 vintages were bottled using Stelvin. And wouldn't you know it, the bottle of the 2000 she opened for us... was corked. I asked if it might not be... uh... well, is it supposed to taste like that? She went out back to check with the winemaker, and yup... a little corky! The second bottle was fine, but I'm not buying 'til I can get me Stelvin. I don't want to lug the stuff all the way home, cellar it for six years, and find that it tastes like damp cardboard. [Sadly, though, although good, their riesling is not truly approaching bomb status like Grosset, Leeuwin, or even Howard Park.]

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