Wines that have got 4,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP, part 5 of 5 (09-05-2021)
Only the wines that still have aging potential (the largest majority of the wines here) and the few others that have no aging potential but are still in really good condition to drink are shown here. This applies regardless of the year in which the wine/wines was/were tasted. Note that if some wine has aging potential, it appears from the wine's description.
Wines that have got 3,5 NJP of 5,0 NJP Wines that have got 4,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP Wines that have got 4,5 NJP of 5,0 NJP Wines that have got 5,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP
Tamaral, 2014, red dry blend wine, Ribera del Duero, Spain, 4,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (90 points of 100 points) (04-02-2017 by Nenad Jelisic)
Finally, a really good wine from Ribera del Duero. Unfortunately, the quality of the wine varies from bottle to bottle, some bottles got 4,0 NJP while the others got 3,0 NJP. Here, I am reviewing the bottle that got 4,0 NJP. The characteristics of the wine that got 4,0 NJP in comparison with the wine that got 3,0 NJP is a higher sweetness and a better balance. I really hope that the bottle that you open will belong to 4,0 NJP bottles. Tamaral 2014 consists of 95% Tempranillo and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Wonderful interplay between tartaric acid, tannins and fruitiness. What a wonderful sweetish aroma of dried black cherry, dried prunes, cinnamon, vanilla and cardamom. Flavour (palate) of sweet dried dark cherries and dried prunes, cardamom, vanilla and coconut. Tamaral 2014 will develop up to five years i.e. up to 2022. It should be drunk from large Bordeaux glasses, but before that it should be aired at least 90 minutes. Parmesan, Grana Padano, Västerbotten cheese, Cheddar, grilled entrecote with potato gratin, reindeer stew with buttery mashed potatoes (or jasmine rice) and rich Boeuf Bourguignon (Beef Bourguignon) are recommended to the wine. It should be drunk at 18-19°C. The grapes for Tamaral come from the vineyards planted on sedimentary sand and sandstone on top of limestone, marl and chalk. The grapes for this wine were harvested by hand whereupon they were pressed gently. The must was fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks after which the wine was aged in new French 225-liter oak barrels for 12 months.
Pfaffl, Goldjoch, Grüner Veltliner, Weinviertel DAC Reserve, 2015, white dry wine, Weinviertel, Austria, 4,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (90 points of 100 points) (23-04-2016 by Nenad Jelisic)
Freshness, lime and lemon, and minerality really feels on the tongue. A really good balance between the freshness, the minerality and the concentration. Distinct honey, white pepper, apricot and green apple on both the nose and palate. Hints of sweet spices and herbs. The vines, which are used for Pfaffl Goldjoch Grüner Veltliner are around 20 years old, grow on a soil that consists of loess and sand. The grapes for the wine are carefully selected in both the field and the cellar, and then destemmed and crushed very gently. The crushed mass (must) consisting of grape juice, pulp, skins and seeds is macerated for 10 hours and then pressed. Both the fermentation and the aging take place in the large oak barrels, and after 6 months, the wine is ready to be bottled. Goldjoch Grüner Veltliner 2015 fits really well as a wonderful aperitif (especially in summer) or with fresh shrimps with a tasty sauce made of cream fresh, sweet chili sauce and very little of fresh pressed garlic, and freshly baked baguettes or with grilled/roast turkey with boiled potatoes and gravy. Drink the wine at 8 to 10°C. The wine can be aged for up to 5 years.
Onn'Anto, Riserva, Falerno del Massico, Nugnes, 2008, red dry blend wine, Campanian, Italy, 4,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (90 points of 100 points) (05-12-2015 by Nenad Jelisic)
Wow! What the aroma and flavour richness. Well integrated tannins, good concentration and fruitiness. In both the smell (the nose) and the taste (the palate), one feels clearly vanilla, cardamom, roasted chestnuts, liquorice, cinnamon, ripe dark berries, violets and white pepper. Onn'Anto Riserva 2008 comes from, for us living in Scandinavia, a little-known appellation Falerno del Massico DOC. It consists of three different grapes: Aglianico, Piedirosso and Primitivo. In addition to the really beautiful package, the wine has a very good aging potential, up to 7 years (to 2022). Onn'Anto Riserva 2008 benefits from decanting (aerated). But instead of decanting, I suggest that you pull out a really good Bordeaux wine glass and enjoy the wine's wonderful development in the glass. The wine should be started to drink at 18°C. Pizza Capricciosa or Vesuvio, grilled lamb or pork chops with potato wedges and creamy chanterelle sauce, elk burger with red wine sauce and buttery mashed potatoes, Boeuf Bourguignon slow-cooked stew and mould cheeses such as Blue Costello, Gorgonzola and Roquefort or soft cheeses such as Brie, Camembert and Monte Enebro will fit really good with this wonderful wine. The wine is not for sale in Sweden, but it can be ordered (thank God for that) from Denmark, where it costs 400 DKK or 276 DKK with purchase of 6 bottles.