This should be a simple solution, a simple choice . . . either use natural cork or screwcap. Simple. I just don't understand these producers who insist on using synthetic corks, plastic or rubber. Why? Cost? Looks? The fact that it sinks into the bottle as soon as you drive a corkscrew in? And of course, the bow on top has to be one of the most ridiculously heavy bottle I've ever come across.
The wine? Like a cheap red Sancerre, all sweaty fruit. Lean on the palate, turning slightly confected on the finish. Typical Italian red from an obscure region right? For every good one you find, you're assured that a shitty one's coming right up behind it.