Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Plungerhead Dry Creek Valley Old Vine Zinfandel 2008

While wine shopping a couple of weeks ago, I came across a wine with a very unique closure.  It's called a Zork.   The wine was a California Dry Creek Valley Zin from The Other Guys (TOG).
*The Other Guys is dedicated to producing high quality wines for good value, and is widely recognized for its zealous approach to creative, cutting-edge marketing and unique wine packaging. The Other Guys (TOG) is the next page in the 100-year history of one of California’s oldest wine families. Through TOG, siblings Mia & August Sebastiani, are determined to make wines that will continue their family’s reputation of quality winemaking for generations to come. We are building this company one handshake at a time, stepping back to the early days when all wine companies were family owned and operated. And through our website, we invite you to learn more about where those wines came from, who we are, and what we’re all about. *(TOG Website)
No problem here keeping the Sebastiani family reputation. Fell in love with this wine on the first sniff and again on the first sip.
I don't know where to start on the aromas.  This wine had a little of everything.  Lots of dark fruits, black cherry, plum, dark berries, chocolate and vanilla, hints of tobacco and earth and a tad of cinnamon. The only drawback may have been on the palate where the wine was a little light, but still filled with all the fruit and chocolate along with being silky smooth.  The finish was medium to long, smooth and dry with plum, blackberry and a hint of spice.
After a glass or two, I unwrapped some Fontilla cheese to nibble on while I finished this bottle.  I think if I had another bottle, I would have opened that one too. An outstanding Old Vine Zinfandel that has to be considered a best buy at only $15. Very Highly Recommended.

Now, about this thing called Zork.
The Zork closure consists of three parts: a robust outer cap providing a tamper evident clamp that locks onto the band of a standard bottle, an inner metal foil which provides an oxygen barrier similar to a screw cap, and an inner plunger which creates the 'pop' on extraction and reseals after use.
I found this closure extremely easy to use.  You just peel away, remove the top and replace when done.   I have no idea what this would cost in install, but I like it over the screw top. This was a nice move by The Other Guys and I think it will catch on very quickly in the US.

2 comments:

firstpress said...

Love this piece. I quoted you (extensively I'm afraid) at my own blog today. Wish we had the Other Guys over here in Ireland - If they were I think I'd probably try to match them up with Julie Anne Barry's Good Catholic Girls!

Nick Webb said...

My first experience with the Zork was with this wine. It's a pretty nifty device. Very good quality for the price!