Screwcaps: Wines without Corks

August 2022
Written By: 
James Ginley
Photographs by: 
courtesy of the wineries

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Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2020
Marlborough, New Zealand, $31
Cloudy Bay is one of the most iconic Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand, and deservedly so. This 2020 vintage brings ripe grapefruit to the nose, plus lime and passionfruit. Well balanced juicy stone fruits and subtle minerality give way to a luscious, vibrant palate. A complex wine, with a smooth and lingering aftertaste. Rated 92 points by James Suckling.

Talbot Sleepy Hollow Pinot Noir 2017
Santa Lucia Highlands, CA, $38
The Sleepy Hollow Vineyard was designated one of California’s Grand Cru vineyards by Wine Enthusiast in 2016 for its ability to produce exceptional wines year after year. This Pinot offers aromas of blackberry, clove, and plum. On the palate, the rich texture is full of silky black cherry, raspberry and vanilla flavors, bold tannins, and a complex finish. Pair with roasted fowl, casseroles and beef dishes. 

Chateau de Campuget Tradition Rosé 2020
Rhone Valley, France $16
The Costieres de Nimes region of the Rhone Valley contributes some of the very best French Rosés, and this chateau is a perfect example. The color is pale salmon, with strawberry aromas in the nose and more strawberry and raspberry flavors on the spritzy palate. This is an ideal alfresco sipper, best with cool friends on a hot afternoon. Serve with summertime foods, fresh salads, or barbecue dishes.

Decoy Sonoma Chardonnay 2020
Sonoma County, CA $18   
Duckhorn Vineyards, a reputable Napa winery established in 1976, creates world-class wines under many other labels, including Canvasback, Goldeneye, and this popular brand, Decoy. Aromas of crisp apple, pear, and lemon, with citrus and stone fruit filling the palate. Bright acidity, with hints of vanilla and oak leading to the delicate finish. Best with fish and seafood in a butter sauce and most chicken dishes.

Quilt Napa Valley Red Blend
Napa Valley, CA $30
The full name is Napa Valley Quilt Fabric of the Land, and this unique blend is created from four grapes: Petite Sirah, Merlot, Zinfandel, and Petit Verdot. They combine to make a concentrated blend of color, flavor, and texture that adds up to a “big” wine. With over 15% alcohol content, it’s not for beginners. A product of the Wagner family, makers of Caymus and other notable labels.