World wines that have got 5,0 NJP, part 2
Morlet Family Vineyards, Passionnément, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, red dry wine, Oakville, Napa Valley, North Coast, California, USA, 5,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (100 points of 100 points) (12-11-2018 by Nenad Jelisic)
What a fabulous wine! The best 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wine that I have tasted so far in my life. The wine is the only wine that got 5,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (100 points of 100 points) of over 400 wines that were tasted by NJ Wines on the 2-day long Decanter Fine Wine Encounter 2018–tasting in London. The wine is also the only wine that has gotten 5,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (100 points of 100 points) of me so far this year. The aroma is very complex (almost perfumed) and big, and at the same time nuanced, with clear sweet spices (vanilla, cinnamon and cardamom), blackberries, Crème de Cassis, blue ripe plums, dates, sweet tobacco, cocoa rich dark chocolate and licorice. The aroma never ceases to evolve in the glass and it only confirms the incredible complexity and greatness of the wine. The flavour is, like the aroma, very complex, big, and at the same time nuanced, with clear flavours of cocoa rich dark chocolate, black pepper, blue ripe plums, blackberries, Crème de Cassis, dark cherries, tobacco, licorice, dark roast coffee and sweet spices. The wine has a very good tannin structure. The balance between it and wine's fruitiness is perfect and therefore, the tannins do not feel prominent in the flavour. The wine's complexity with its perfect balance says that the wine will develop for at least 10 more years i.e. until the year 2028. The Morlet Family Vineyards Passionnément Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 is already wonderful, but it will be even better within a few years. The question is just what will happen then to my rating system 5,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP, maybe I will be forced to extend it to 6,0 NJP. The grapes for the wine are harvested by hand. After careful selection in both vineyards and winery, careful destemming and pressing, the wine is fermented/macerated in stainless steel tanks and puncheons (454 litres oak barrels). After the fermentation and the maceration, the wine is aged in new puncheons for 16 months and finally a few weeks in a bottle. The wine is not filtered. Such a tasty, complex and tannin rich wine as this one fits just fine with grilled fillet of beef/entrecote with Café de Paris sauce, potato gratin and a salad consisting of tomatoes, dark olives, small pieces of feta cheese, Italian salad spice and virgin olive oil or with reindeer stew with buttery mashed potatoes or with grilled pork chops with grilled red peppers, yellow onions and tomatoes and béarnaise sauce or with rich wild (venison and boar) stew with jasmine rice or with pasta carbonara or with hard cheeses such as Svecia, Västerbottensost, Cheddar, Grana Padano and Parmesan. Morlet Family Vineyards Passionnément Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 should be served at 18 to 19°C in Bordeaux glasses, if possible, from Orrefors, Kosta Boda, Spiegelau or Riedel. Start by serving it at 16°C (when room temperature is over 20°C or outdoor temperature is over 23°C) and then enjoy when it starts to grow in the glass. If the wine would be drank today, it should be decanted for an hour.
Domaine Parent, Corton, Grand Cru Les Renardes, 2016, white dry wine, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France, 5,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (100 points of 100 points) (16-07-2018 by Robert Jonasson and Nenad Jelisic)
This is the first wine that gets the highest rating (5,0 NJP) from NJ Wines and me (Robert Jonasson) this year. The fact is that since 2012, NJ Wines has given 5,0 NJP to just two more wines, says a lot about this exceptional wine. Big, fruity, very complex and elegant aroma is filled with yellow pears, citrus, roasted nuts and a small touch of vanilla. The wine’s flavour is rich, a little bit buttery, mineral rich and very complex. It hangs on in the mouth for ages. The wine has a high acidity, but, already today, it tastes as very well balanced. Corton Grand Cru 2016 is of course a very young wine and if you can keep your hands away from it for 4 to 6 years it will be even more complex. Drink it as a wonderful tasty aperitif (especially in summer) or with grilled/roasted chicken with roasted root fruits and sherry sauce or with grilled salmon with buttery mashed potatoes and white wine sauce or with creamy fish and shellfish soup or with soft flatbread with Philadelphia cream cheese, a little horseradish and smoked salmon (preferably not farmed salmon). To be able to experience how much complex, elegant, well balanced and fabulous is this exceptional wine, it should be drunk at 8°C from big Burgundy glass from Orrefors, Spiegelau or Riedel. The grapes, which are used for Corton Grand Cru, come from the vines that are over 20 years old. They grow on a soil that consists of marl (a clayey soil that contains a lot of lime) and limestone. The grape bunches for the wine are carefully selected in both the field and the winery, and then pressed very gently. Both the fermentation and the aging take place in 225-litres new French oak barrels (barrique), and after 14 to 16 months, the wine is ready to be bottled. The wine is fined, but not filtered. Domaine Parent has right to write Corton-Charlemagne on the label for this wine, but they choose not to do so because Anne Parent and her sister Catherine consider that the soils differ slightly between their part of the appellation Corton and large parts of the appellation Corton-Charlemagne.
Pfaffl, Hommage, Grüner Veltliner, Weinviertel DAC Reserve, 2015, white dry wine, Weinviertel, Austria, 5,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (100 points of 100 points) (23-04-2016 by Nenad Jelisic)
Wow, what the wonderful and complex aroma and flavour, which grows in the glass every minute. This is the best Grüner Veltliner wine that I have tried so far. It says a lot that since 2012 NJ Wines has given 5,0 NJP to just one more wine. I can not get enough of the wine's aroma; it is as a wonderful exotic perfume. Here we talk about really distinct aromas and flavours of sweet spices, honeydew, yellow ripe pears, lime, herbs and white mulberries. The wine’s high and complex richness hides, in the beginning, the acidity and the minerality of the wine, but they emerge very clearly in the eternal long aftertaste. The vines, which are used for Pfaffl Hommage Grüner Veltliner are about 50 years old, grow on a soil that consists of loess, sand and flysch. 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 acacia barrels, and after 12 months, the wine is ready to be bottled. Drink the wine at 8 to 10°C with grilled salmon with buttery mashed potatoes and white wine sauce or with creamy fish and shellfish soup or with soft flatbread with Philadelphia cream cheese, a little horseradish and smoked salmon (preferably not farmed salmon). Pfaffl Hommage Grüner Veltliner 20015 can be aged for up to 10 years.
Grant Burge, 20 Year Old Tawny, port wine, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia, 5,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (100 points of 100 points) (10-09-2013 by Nenad Jelisic)
It does not happen so often that NJ Wines gives 5,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (100 points of 100 points) to some wine (this is the first time this year), but this port is really worth them. Do not think so much that you have to order this wine through Systembolaget's private import because you will not regret it. The more darker and colder will be (and we are going there), the more you will enjoy this amazing wine. Sweet, fruity, fresh with ripe oranges, raisins, walnuts, tiramisu and almond. It should be served at about 18°C to flavourful cheeses and rich chocolate desserts, but is the best to drink it as it is, without something.