You can do better than this, Italian wine day 2018, Grand Hotel, Stockholm (18-01-2019 by Robert Jonasson and Nenad Jelisic)
The Italian wine day was the last major wine tasting of the year. It was held at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm the 26th November 2018. Of the 185 tasted wines, 28 wines got more than 2,5 NJP, i.e. 15%, which is beneath any criticism for a such known wine country. It is remarkable considering that only a selection of the most interesting wines was tasted. At the last three years' corresponding tastings, 25 to 28% of the wines got more than 2,5 NJP in rating. Unfortunately, only 7 wines got over 3,0 NJP in rating. Remarkably, only 2 white wines got more than 2,5 NJP in rating. Unfortunately, it was possible to see the same trend at the Italian wine day as at the other trade tastings during this year; the most well-known producers and their prestige wines were missing. In addition, the number of importers and producers were much less than in previous years. This is both a very sad trend and a big difference to how it was only a few years ago. The result could be so much better if we, for example, got to taste wines from Gaia, La Spinetta, Tua Rita, Monteverro, Dal Forno Romano, Le Macchiole and Capannelle or the wines Masseto, Ornellaia and Sassicaia, to name a few. The wines that stuck out in terms of quality and taste were mainly wines from Tuscany and Piedmont. The great positive surprise of the tasting was the wine Trebium Spoletino Secco 2017 (3,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP) from the producer Antonelli San Marco in Umbria. The Italian wine day left NJ Wines with a big question mark; what has happened to the quality of the Italian wines?
The following wines got more than 3,0 NJP (in alphabetical order): 1. Giuseppe Campagnola, Caterina Zardini, Amarone della Valpolicella, Classico, Riserva, 2012, red dry blend wine, Veneto, 3,5 NJP, 2. Lungarotti, Montefalco Sagrantino, 2012, red dry wine, Umbria, 3,5 NJP, 3. Masi, Riserva di Costasera, 2005, red dry blend wine, Veneto, 3,5 NJP, 4. Tenuta delle Terre Nere, Etna Rosso, Calderara Sottana, Grand Cru, 2015, red dry blend wine, Sicily, 3,5 NJP, 5. Terreno, ASofia, Sangiovese, Chianti Classico, 2015, red dry wine, Tuscany, 3,5 NJP, 6. Terreno, Lignanello, Chianti Classico, Riserva, 2010, red dry blend wine, Tuscany 4,0 NJP and 7. Tignanello, 2015 red dry wine, Tuscany, 3,5 NJP.
The best producer at the tasting: Terreno. There were seven wines to taste from the producer Terreno. Of these, there were two wines that stood out a little extra; ASofia 2015 (3,5 NJP) and, the best wine of the tasting, Lignanello 2010 (4,0 NJP). Terreno is a producer in Greve in Chianti, in the middle of the Chianti Classico appellation in Tuscany. Terreno has been around since the 16th century, and has been owned by the Swedish family Ruhne since 1988. The Ruhne family spent a lot of work on to raise the quality of the vineyards and the vines during the first years. Today, it is the second generation that has taken over the wine production. The winemaker has been Sofia Ruhne since 2018. When it comes to the wine production, most of the work is done by hand, both in the vineyard and in the wine cellar and the craftmanship is always in focus. The goal for Terreno is to, every year, be able to produce pure handcrafted wines with clear terroir, with respect for the earth, the vines and the wine. All production is ecologically certified. Terreno produces everything from classic Chianti Classico-wines to more limited editions of more modern and experimental wines. Terreno owns 23 hectares of vineyards, which are planted with eleven different grape varieties. However, the majority of the vineyards are planted with Sangiovese. The Ruhne family is also co-owner of The Winery Hotel in Solna, Stockholm. The Winery Hotel is the world's first hotel that has an urban winery in one and the same building.
The best wine in all categories at the tasting: Terreno, Lignanello, Chianti Classico, Riserva, 2010, red dry wine, Tuscany, 4,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP. This wine was the only wine that got over 3,5 NJP at the tasting. Terreno Lignanello Chianti Classico Riserva 2010 is a wonderful wine. The wine has a wonderfully open aroma with ripe cherries and dark fruits. The taste is elegant and well-balanced with cherries, dark fruits, smooth tannins and a good acidity. The wine is in perfect maturity right now. The wine is made of a blend of at least 92% Sangiovese and the remaining part Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The vineyards, from which the grapes for this wine come from, lie in the south/southwest slope at 350 meters above the sea level in Greve Valley. The soil is rocky slate (Galestro) and the vineyards are mostly terraced. The harvest is done manually. After de-stemming, fermentation, without addition of artificial yeast, and maceration is done in small cement tanks. After pressing, Sangiovese-wine is aged in old French oak barrels for 18 months while Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon-wine is aged in new French oak barrels for 18 months. Finally, the wine is blended and then it is aged in bottle for 5 years before release. The wine is produced entirely free of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. No irrigation is applied. The wine is ecologically certified.
The best appellation at the tasting: Barolo. Barolo, an Italian DOCG-appellation that belongs to the Piedmont (Piemonte) wine region. The appellation has 1,827 hectares under vine. Barolo extends over 11 municipalities of Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, Cherasco, Diano d'Alba, Grinzane Cavour, La Mora, Monforte d'Alba, Novello, Roddi, Searralunga d'Alba and Verduno, the most known of them are: Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, La Mora, Monforte d'Alba and Searralunga d'Alba. The allowed yield is 52 hl/ha, while the average is 48 hl/ha.
Barolo grapes, 100% Nebbiolo.
Barolo soils, calcareous blue clay.
Barolo the best vintages, 1958, 1971, 1978, 1982, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2015.