World wines that have got 4,0 NJP, part 1
Merryvale Vineyards, Profile, 2015, red dry blend wine, Napa Valley, North Coast, California, USA, 4,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (90 points of 100 points) (12-05-2019 by Nenad Jelisic and Robert Jonasson)
Profile 2015 is a wine that makes you happy when you taste it. It is hard to stop smiling when one has smelled and tasted the wine. The wine really shows how high class Merryvale Vineyards winemaking and vineyards holds. The aroma is very complex with blackcurrants, dark cherries, dark chocolate and a hint of cedar and roasted coffee beans. The flavour is long and elegant with a velvety tannin structure, in combination with a good acidity. A very well-balanced wine where the aftertaste remains for a long time. This wine is great to drink now and will benefit from decanting. Those who really want to enjoy how the wine develops in the glass, it is recommended not to decant it. The wine will continue to develop for at least 10 years in the wine cellar i.e. until 2029. Merryvale Vineyards Profile 2015 goes very well with grilled lamb chops with buttery mashed potatoes and red wine sauce or with a classic Coeur de filet Provencale with pan-fried potatoes with garlic or with different types of hard cheeses such as Cheddar, Svecia, Västerbottensost, Parmesan and Grana Padano. Drink the wine at 18°C in real Bordeaux glasses, if possible, from Orrefors, Kosta Boda, Spiegelau or Riedel. The grapes for the Merryvale Vineyards Profile 2015 come from a steep part of the Profile Estate Vineyard, which is located in the eastern corner of St. Helena appellation (AVA). The wine is produced from a blend of grapes of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc. The grapes are hand-harvested at night in order to them will come in the winery early in the morning and as fresh as possible. The grapes are sorted by hand. Each part of the vineyard is fermented separately in small tanks. After that the wine has been fermented and macerated for 15 days, it is racked to oak barrels where malolactic fermentation takes place and then a 26-month long aging. 80% of the oak barrels consist of new French oak barrels. After the aging, the wine is bottled without fining and filtration.
Pahlmeyer, Merlot, 2014, red dry blend wine, Napa Valley, California, USA, 4,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (07-04-2017 by Nenad Jelisic)
Vintage 2014 consists of 93% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. In the fruity, sweet and spicy aroma, one finds vanilla, white chocolate, cardamom, black cherry, violets, dried plums, espresso, and blackberry. In the concentrated, fruity and flavourful taste, one finds sweet spices, dark cherry, white pepper, ripe plums, cocoa-rich dark chocolate and raspberries. Thanks to the wonderful interplay between the wine's tannins, acidity and fruitiness, the wine feels velvety in the mouth. Pahlmeyer Merlot 2014 has a really good aging potential, up to 12 years i.e. until 2029. It benefits from decanting, but if you want to feel how it wonderfully grows (evolves) in the glass, do not decant it. It works best with grilled lamb chops with buttery mashed potatoes and red wine sauce or with grilled rib-eye steak/fillet of beef with potato gratin and red wine sauce or with various types of hard cheeses such as Cheddar, Svecia, Västerbottensost, Parmesan and Grana Padano. After careful selection in field, the grape bunches for the wine are selected again, both mechanically and manually, when they come to the winery. After careful destemming, grapes are manually selected. Then the grapes are gently pressed, must is cold macerated for five days and then fermented from two to five weeks. The complete fermented wine is aged in 85% new American and French oak barrels for 20 months. Drink the wine at 18°C in real Bordeaux-glass, if possible, from Orrefors, Kosta Boda, Spiegelau or Riedel.
Pfaffl, Goldjoch, Grüner Veltliner, Weinviertel DAC Reserve, 2015, white dry wine, Weinviertel, Austria, 4,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (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 (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.