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The wine of the month

 

During the first seven days of each month, NJ Wines presents the wine of the month.. NJ Wines tastes hundreds of wines every month and among them, the wine of the month is chosen. The criteria that a wine will qualify as the wine of the month is that it has got at least 3,0 NJP in rating and that it stands out both by its quality and its aroma/flavour complexity. The wine shall also be available on the wine market.

 

May 2021: Radgonske Gorice, Untouched by Light, 2016 (100 EUR when purchasing in the winery) white dry sparkling wine, Radgona-Kapela, Štajerska, Podravje, Slovenia, 4,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (90 points of 100 points) (06-05-2021 by Nenad Jelisic)

 

Here we have the world's most unique sparkling wine. Unique thanks to the fact that both its harvest and its entire production process (including aging and bottling) has taken place under darkness. To be able to work under such working conditions, workers wore night vision goggles. Last but not least, before any bottle is allowed to ... Read more

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NEW WINES IN REGULAR ASSORTMENT MARCH 2021 (28-04-2021 by Nenad Jelisic)

NJ Wines has tasted all Systembolaget's new wines in Regular Assortment March 2021. The wines got the following points (Note that the wines are arranged in alphabetical order and that the wines that have got more than 3,0 NJP, if any, will be presented under "Make sure to try these wines, wines that have got at least 3,5 NJP of possible 5,0 NJP"; NV = non-vintage wine; Systembolaget = a government owned chain of all liquor stores in Sweden):

1. Church Road, McDonald Series, Chardonnay, Church Road Winery, 2019 (17 EUR/21 USD in Sweden) white dry wine, Nya Zealand, 3,0 NJP, 2. Costa, Gran Reserva, Cinsault Rosé, 2020 (10 EUR/11 USD in Sweden) rosé dry blend wine, Chile, 0,0 NJP, 3. Crama Trantu, Noblesse, Feteasca Regala, 2019 (9 EUR/10 USD in Sweden) white dry wine, Romania, 0,0 NJP, 4. Cuvée Prestige, Rosé, L'Altavilloise, Millésime, 2014 (27 EUR/32 USD in Sweden) rosé dry blend sparkling wine, France, 0,5 NJP, 5. Fiore, Sauvignon Blanc, 2020 (10 EUR/11 USD in Sweden) white dry wine, Chile, 2,0 NJP, 6. Gaia, White Blend, 2020 (12 EUR/14 USD in Sweden) white dry blend wine, Argentina, 1,5 NJP, 7. Gemtree, Organic, Shiraz, 2020 (12 EUR/14 USD in Sweden) red dry wine, Australia, 2,0 NJP, 8. Grand Tokaj, Szamorodni, 2017 (13 EUR/15 USD in Sweden) white sweet blend wine, Hungary, 1,5 NJP, 9. Istine, Chianti Classico, 2018 (15 EUR/18 USD in Sweden) red dry wine, Italy, 0,5 NJP, 10. Kleine Zalze, Cellar Selection, Fairtrade, Red Blend, 2020 (10 EUR/11 USD in Sweden) red dry blend wine, South Africa, 0,0 NJP.

 

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NEW WINES IN TEMPORARY ASSORTMENT THAT WERE TASTED DURING MARCH 2021 (04-04-2021 by Nenad Jelisic)

The tasted Systembolaget's new wines in Temporary Assortment, which were tasted during March 2021, got the following points (Note that the wines are arranged in alphabetical order and that the wines that have got more than 3,0 NJP, if any, are presented under "Make sure to try these wines, wines that have got at least 3,5 NJP of possible 5,0 NJP"; NV = non-vintage wine; Systembolaget = a government owned chain of all liquor stores in Sweden):

1. Capo di Terra, Valtellina Superiore, 2012 (18 EUR/22 USD in Sweden) red dry wine, Italy, 1,0 NJP, 2. Chateau Du Petit Thouars, Cabernet Franc, 2014 (17 EUR/20 USD in Sweden) red dry wine, France, 1,0 NJP, 3. Dandelion Vineyards, March Hare of the Barossa, Mataro, 2018 (17 EUR/20 USD in Sweden) red dry wine, Australia, 0,5 NJP, 4. Lapostolle, Cuvee Alexandre, Syrah, 2018 (17 EUR/20 USD in Sweden) red dry wine, Chile, 1,5 NJP, 5. Loimer, Loiserberg, Grüner Veltliner, 2019 (17 EUR/20 USD in Sweden) white dry wine, Austria, 1,5 NJP, 6. Logan, Weemala, Pinot Noir, 2019 (14 EUR/17 USD in Sweden) red dry wine, Australia, 0,0 NJP,  7. Montebruna, Barbera d'Asti, Braida, 2018 (19 EUR/23 USD in Sweden) red dry wine, Italy, 0,0 NJP, 8. Paracombe, Cabernet Franc, 2017 (19 EUR/23 USD in Sweden) red dry wine, Australia, 0,5 NJP, 9. Pesquera, Crianza, 2017 (18 EUR/22 USD in Sweden) red dry wine, Spain, 2,5 NJP, 10. Protos 27, 2017 (22 EUR/26 USD in Sweden) red dry wine, Spain, 2,5 NJP.

 

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​​NEW WINES IN TEMPORARY ASSORTMENT THAT WERE TASTED DURING JANUARY 2021 (08-02-2021 by Nenad Jelisic)

The tasted Systembolaget's new wines in Temporary Assortment, which were tasted during January 2021, got the following points (Note that the wines are arranged in alphabetical order and that the wines that have got more than 3,0 NJP, if any, are presented under "Make sure to try these wines, wines that have got at least 3,5 NJP of possible 5,0 NJP"; NV = non-vintage wine; Systembolaget = a government owned chain of all liquor stores in Sweden):

1. Albamar, Albariño, 2019 (18 EUR/21 USD in Sweden) white dry wine, Spain, 2,5 NJP, 2. Calcareo, Coluvio, 2017 (28 EUR/33 USD in Sweden) red dry wine, Argentina, 0,0 NJP, 3. Castello Fonterutoli, Marchesi Mazzei, 2008 (20 EUR/24 USD in Sweden; 375 ml;) red dry wine, Italy, 2,0 NJP, 4. Champagne Henriot, Blanc de Blancs, Brut, NV (50 EUR/60 USD in Sweden) white dry blend sparkling wine, France, 3,0 NJP, 5. Château d'Anglès, Grand Vin, Rouge, 2017 (20 EUR/24 USD in Sweden) red dry blend wine, France, 2,5 NJP, 6. Château Jean Faux, Sainte Radegonde, 2017 (22 EUR/26 USD in Sweden) red dry blend wine, France, 1,5 NJP, 7. Château Montus, 2016 (26 EUR/31 USD in Sweden) red dry blend wine, France, 0,0 NJP, 8. Costa Bassa, Valtellina Superiore, 2017 (20 EUR/24 USD in Sweden) red dry wine, Italy, 0,0 NJP, 9. 1583, Albariño de Fefiñanes, 2019 (21 EUR/25 USD in Sweden) white dry wine, Spain, 2,0 NJP, 10. Figli Luigi Oddero, Barolo, 2016 (35 EUR/42 USD in Sweden) red dry wine, Italy, 2,0 NJP.

 

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​​NEW WINES IN REGULAR ASSORTMENT DECEMBER 2020 (05-01-2021 by Nenad Jelisic)

NJ Wines has tasted all Systembolaget's new wines in Regular Assortment December 2020. The wines got the following points (Note that the wines are arranged in alphabetical order and that the wines that have got more than 3,0 NJP, if any, will be presented under "Make sure to try these wines, wines that have got at least 3,5 NJP of possible 5,0 NJP"; NV = non-vintage wine; Systembolaget = a government owned chain of all liquor stores in Sweden):

1. Altura, Semillon, 2019 (14 EUR/17 USD) white dry wine, Argentina, 2,0 NJP, 2. Amazone de Palmer, Brut, NV (109 EUR/134 USD) white dry blend sparkling wine, France, 3,5 NJP, 3. Bocanegra, Monastrell, 2019 (8 EUR/10 USD) red dry wine, Spain, 0,0 NJP, 4. Casa Ferreirinha, Vinha Grande, 2018 (14 EUR/17 USD) red dry blend wine, Portugal, 0,0 NJP, 5. Castillo Monjardin, Navarra, Crianza, 2017 (12 EUR/14 USD) red dry blend wine, Spain, 0,0 NJP, 6. Chacabuco, Natural Sweet Chenin Blanc, 2020 (9 EUR/10 USD) white sweet wine, Argentina, 0,5 NJP, 7. Champagne de Saint-Gall, Blanc de Blancs, Grand Cru, Extra Brut, NV (48 EUR/57 USD) white dry sparkling wine, France, 2,0 NJP, 8. Château Arnauton, 2016 (15 EUR/18 USD) red dry blend wine, France, 0,5 NJP, 9. Château de la Liquière, Faugères, 2019 (17 EUR/21 USD) red dry blend wine, France, 0,5 NJP, 10. Christine-Marié, Blanc de Blanc, Brut, 2016 (16 EUR/19 USD) white dry sparkling wine, South Africa, 2,0 NJP.

 

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10 FANTASTIC CHAMPAGNES FOR NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATION, FROM 50 EUR TO 1,000 EUR (08-12-2020 by Nenad Jelisic)

 

1. Bollinger, R.D., Extra Brut, 1976 (average price about 1,000 EUR) white dry blend sparkling wine, 5,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (100 points of 100 points), 2. Charles Heidsieck, Blanc des Millénaires, 1995 (average price about 250 EUR) white dry sparkling wine, 4,5 NJP of 5,0 NJP (95 points of 100 points). 3. Charles Heidsieck, Brut, Millésime, 2000 (average price about 200 EUR when ordering 6 bottles) white dry blend sparkling wine, 5,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (100 points of 100 points), 4 Charles Heidsieck, Brut, Réserve, NV (average price about 50 EUR) white dry blend sparkling wine, 4,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (90 points of 100 points), 5 Krug, Grande Cuvée, NV (average price about 200 EUR) white dry blend sparkling wine, 4,5 NJP of 5,0 NJP (95 points of 100 points), 6. Krug, 1995 (average price about 400 EUR when ordering 6 bottles) white dry blend sparkling wine, 4,5 NJP of 5,0 NJP (95 points of 100 points). 7. Perrier-Jouët, Belle Epoque, Rosé, 2002 (average price about 350 EUR) rosé dry blend sparkling wine, 4,5 NJP of 5,0 NJP (95 points of 100 points), 8. Pol Roger, Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill, 1999 (average price about 400 EUR) white dry blend sparkling wine, 4,5 NJP of 5,0 NJP (95 points of 100 points), 9. Salon, Cuvée ”S”, Le Mesnil, Blanc de Blancs, Brut, 1999 (average price about 700 EUR) white dry sparkling wine, 4,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (90 points of 100 points), 10 Taittinger, Comtes de Champagne, Grands Crus, Blanc de Blancs, 2007 (average price about 150 EUR) white dry sparkling wine, 4,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (90 points of 100 points).

Make sure to try these wines, wines that have got at least 3,5 NJP of possible 5,0 NJP

Tenuta Tre Gemme, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Riserva, 2015 (30 EUR when purchasing in the winery) red dry wine, Abruzzo, Italy, 5,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (100 points of 100 points) (03-04-2021 by Nenad Jelisic)

During my almost 40 years as a wine lover and more than 30 years as a wine connoisseur, I have never tasted better Montepulciano d’Abruzzo-wine. It is absolutely fabulous. Bravo Tenuta Tre Gemme! That a wine from Montepulciano-grape can reach such heights like this wine is absolutely incredible. Tenuta Tre Gemme Montepulciano ... Read more

Edi Simcic, Fojana, Sauvignon, 2016 (38 EUR when purchasing in the winery) white dry wine, Goriska Brda, Primorje, Slovenia, 4,5 NJP of 5,0 NJP (95 points of 100 points) (01-03-2021 by Nenad Jelisic)

So, I wrote in my notes when I visited Edi Simcic's winery and tasted this wine in July 2019. “Rock and Roll continues. A big and very complex wine. Buttery and rich in minerals. Big, complex, sweet spicy and fruity aroma. Big, complex, sweet spicy, fresh and bitter flavour. Very long, spicy, fruity, fresh and wonderful bitter aftertaste. ... Read more

Steyer, Steyer Mark, Cuvée, 2015 (20 EUR when purchasing in the winery) white dry blend wine, Radgona-Kapela, Štajerska, Podravje, Slovenia, 3,5 NJP of 5,0 NJP (85 points of 100 points) (06-03-2021 by Nenad Jelisic)

Steyer Steyer Mark Cuvée 2015 is a wine that consists of 50% Gewurztraminer, 25% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Gris. Its aroma is moderately perfumed, floral and fruity. While its flavour is very fresh and moderately fruity. In the aroma, one finds yellow apples, white flowers, yellow pears, nectarines and sweet spices. In the flavour, one  ... Read more

Churchill's, Late Bottled Vintage, 2016 (19 EUR/23 USD in Sweden) port wine, Porto, Douro, Portugal, 5,0 of 5,0 NJP (100 points of 100 points) (04-02-2021 by Nenad Jelisic)

This is the best Late Bottled Vintage-port wine that I have tasted so far. And I have tasted many. This applies to both Churchill's Late Bottled Vintage and Late Bottled Vintage of all other port wine producers. It is unbelievable that five vintages in a row of one and the same wine got 4,0 NJP or more of the possible 5,0 NJP (2012: 4,0 ... Read more

Los Patricios, Chardonnay, 2016 (25 EUR/30 USD in Sweden) white dry wine, Valle del Itata, Région del Sur, Chile, 3,5 NJP of 5,0 NJP (85 points of 100 points) (07-02-2021 by Nenad Jelisic)

If I should blind test this wonderful Chardonnay-wine, I would most likely say that it comes from the Meursault appellation in Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France. The wine is without a doubt the best Chardonnay-wine that I have tasted from Chile so far. The aroma is big, complex and full-bodied. In it one will find browned butter, ... Read more

Tommasi, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2016 (30 EUR/36 USD in Sweden) red dry blend wine, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, Veneto, Italy, 4,0 of 5,0 NJP (90 points of 100 points) (04-02-2021 by Nenad Jelisic)

After many tasted Amarone-wines in the price range 160 SEK to 500 SEK during the last twelve months, here finally comes one that gets more than 3,0 NJP out of 5,0 NJP (more than 80 NJP out of 100 NJP). All the other tasted Amarone-wines in this price range got 0,0 NJP to 1,5 NJP. In addition, their quality varied from bottle to ... Read more

Poliziano, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, 2017 (23 EUR/27 USD in Sweden) red dry blend wine, Tuscany, Italy, 3,5 of 5,0 NJP (85 points of 100 points) (31-01-2021 by Nenad Jelisic)

This is a wine that really needs to be decanted. It really benefits from it by intensifying both its richness of aroma and flavour, especially its richness of aroma. In the aroma one can clearly find crème de cassis, dark cherry jam, roasted oak barrels, cocoa-rich dark chocolate, dried plums, cardamom, vanilla and freshly ground coffee. In the ... Read more

Edi Simcic, Sauvignon, 2017 (22 EUR when purchasing in the winery) white dry wine, Goriska Brda, Primorje, Slovenia, 3,5 NJP of 5,0 NJP (85 points of 100 points) (23-01-2021 by Nenad Jelisic)

This vintage is not as big and complex as the 2016 vintage, but it is still really good. Better to say Edi Simcic Sauvignon 2017 is better than at least 90% of the world's Sauvignon Blanc-wines. In the aroma, one can clearly feel green tomatoes, blackcurrant leaves, stinging nettles, green herbs and green apples. In the flavour, one can clearly ... Read more

Steyer, Steyer Mark, Diseci Traminec, Exclusive, 2015 (50 EUR when purchasing in the winery) white dry wine, Radgona-Kapela, Stajerska, Podravje, Slovenia, 4,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (90 points of 100 points) (07-12-2020 by Nenad Jelisic)

The Steyer winery does not cease to amaze. Of the year's 10 best wines, two come from it; Steyer Vaneja 2011 that placed in the third place and this wine that placed in the seventh place. With this wine, better to say with the new vintage of this wine (formerly called Steyer Diseci Traminec Exclusive), the Steyer winery proves that it ... Read more

Edi Simcic, Kozana, Chardonnay, 2017 (35 EUR when purchasing in the winery) white dry wine, Goriska Brda, Primorje, Slovenia, 3,5 NJP of 5,0 NJP (85 points of 100 points) (07-11-2020 by Nenad Jelisic)

 

This vintage of Kozana Chardonnay from the Simcic family (Alex and Edi), which comes 100% from the Kozana vineyard, is not as good as the 2015 vintage that got 4,5 NJP of 5,0 NJP, but regardless it the wine belongs to one of the best Chardonnay-wines from vintage 2017 that NJ Wines tasted in 2020. For the aroma itself, the wine ... Read more

The world's restaurants

 

Here presents the restaurants that is considered to be the world's best restaurants. The restaurants, which NJ Wines has visited, tried their food and wine as well as rated food’s quality, food's taste, how the food is presented and looks, wine selection, decor, atmosphere, service and cleanliness. (NJP = Nenad Jelisic Points)

Ekstedt, Stockholm, Sweden, 2,5 NJP of 5,0 NJP (17-10-2020 by Nenad Jelisic)

 

Restaurant Ekstedt was the fourth restaurant in a row in Stockholm that NJ Wines visited and rated. Restaurant Ekstedt is owned by one of Sweden's most successful and influential chefs, Niklas Ekstedt, who became known through the cooking program Niklas Food on Swedish Television in 2005. After internships at several very famous chefs such as Charlie Trotter, Heston Blumenthal and Ferran Adrià, Niklas started in 2000, only 21 years old, his first restaurant, restaurant Niklas in Helsingborg in Sweden. From 2003, he also ran the restaurant Niklas Viken in the coastal community Viken north of Helsingborg. In 2007, Niklas opened the restaurant 1900 in Stockholm and with the move, the restaurants in Skåne were closed. In 2011, he opened the restaurant Ekstedt, which got a star in the prestigious Michelin guide in 2013 and has been retained it since then. A few years later, the restaurant 1900 was changed its name to Restaurant Niklas and then it was closed in 2017 when Niklas decided that he had to focus on his new restaurant (wine café) Tyge & Sessil and the restaurant Ekstedt. Since the beginning of 2018, Niklas owns restaurant Hillenberg in Stockholm. During 2018, Niklas was part of the cooking program "Four Hands Menu" and "New Scandinavian Cooking". He has also published seven cookbooks: Niklas cookbook (2004), Niklas in the middle of the week (2006), Niklas tastes (2008), Niklas Home cooked Swedish food (2011), Grill with Niklas (2013), Ekstedt over open fire: recipe for the analog kitchen (2017) and Niklas Christmas (2018). In addition to these seven cookbooks, he managed to write three more cookbooks with Henrik Ennart: Happy food: About how food and happiness are connected (2017), The blue food (2018) and Happy food 2.0: About how the meal and happiness go together (2018 ) and a cookbook together with Christian Daun: My child eats everything (2017). Niklas really has to like his profession a lot otherwise he would never succeed to do all this in just 41 years.

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The Veranda, Grand Hôtel, Stockholm, Sweden, 4,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (23-11-2019 by Nenad Jelisic)

 

There are not so many restaurants in the world that are located in a capital city and have such a fabulous view as this restaurant and the restaurant's big brother the Cadier Bar, which is on the opposite side of it. The view of the Royal Palace, the Old Town and the boats on Stockholm's current. Both restaurants are located in Sweden's most exclusive and very beautiful Grand Hôtel in Stockholm. While the Cadier Bar, which is named after Régis Cadier (French chef and hotel founder), is a restaurant where one comes mainly to be seen, and drink champagne, cocktail or beer, The Veranda is a restaurant where you come to eat good food and drink good wines. In the Cadier Bar, one can also order good food, the food comes from the same kitchen that makes food for the Veranda. During all years, which I have been visited the Cadier Bar, it has seemed that the visitors of the Cadier Bar are there to drink something or to take something that fits well with champagne or coffee. In addition to these two restaurants, the hotel has two restaurants of renowned Swedish chef Mathias Dahlgren: Matbaren (see my article from 05-11-2017) and Rutabaga.

 

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The Flying Elk, Stockholm, Sweden, 2,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (18-08-2019 by Nenad Jelisic)

 

A new Stockholm-restaurant-disappointment again, but it is not as big as the one with the Matbaren, Mathias Dahlgren at the Grand Hôtel, which got 1,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP on my last visit, the third visit. I think that the problem with The Flying Elk's low rating lies in the fact that Björn Frantzén's small restaurant empire has become too big too quickly. So fast big that Björn has transferred control and management of his new restaurants to significantly less talented part-owners/managers. Then, their poor management and control has led to that cooks, sommeliers and waiters have stopped caring or that they had employed the cooks, the sommeliers and the waiters who would absolutely not be employed. I assert this because Björn Frantzén, one of Scandinavia's absolute best chefs, would never allow that the food, the wines and the service would end up on this level, 2,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP. It is a pity that it is so as I wrote because Björn is really passionate about food and cooking and it proves his relatively short and very successful chef-history. Björn took his first steps as a cook through the practice at the restaurant Edsbacka krog (Edsbacka Wärdshus) in Sollentuna, Sweden. Then he worked among others at the restaurant Chez Nico (Nico Ladenis, London, UK, three Michelin stars) and the restaurant Arpege (Alain Passard, Paris, France, three Michelin stars). In 2008, together with pastry chef Daniel Lindeberg, he opened the restaurant Frantzén/Lindeberg in Stockholm. The following year, the restaurant got its first Michelin star and two years later it got its two Michelin stars. In 2013, Björn and Daniel went separate ways and the restaurant was renamed to Frantzén. In 2018, the Frantzén became Sweden's first restaurant to be awarded three stars in Guide Michelin. In 2019, Guide Michelin confirmed the restaurant's three star status. Today, besides The Flying Elk and Frantzén, Björn also runs Catering Frantzén, Studio Frantzén, Corner Club and Gaston vin. In addition to all this, Björn has managed to write a book together with Daniel Lindeberg, see above, (Frantzén/Lindeberg, 2012) and a book together with Göran Lager (The Flying Elk, 2016) and two own books (Glow with Björn Frantzén, 2014 and Björn Frantzén prepares food for peckish diabetics and other people, 2017). To achieve all this and be 42 years old is absolutely incredible.

 

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All you need to know about Priorat (01-05-2021 by Nenad Jelisic)

 

Here we will present text excerpts from NJ Wines' extensive wine dictionary. The text excerpts will be changed one to four times a month. You can read about other exciting wines, appellations, wine districts, wine regions, etc. by clicking above on the "Wine glossary and wine facts".

Priorat, a Spanish DOCa-classified wine region, which belongs to the geographical area of Catalonia. Right now, only Rioja and Priorat are DOCa-classified. Priorat’s vineyards are planted on steep (15 to 60 degrees) terraced slopes along the Siruana and Montsant river valleys and lie at an altitude of 100 to 700 m above sea level. The region has both continental and Mediterranean climate. The summers are hot (max 40°C) while the winters are cold (min -3°C). On average it rains 400 to 600 mm per year (comparatively it rains 600 to 700 mm per year in Sweden) and the number of hours of sunshine per year is 2,600 (from 1,500 to 1,600 in Sweden). Priorat's 1,916 ha planted with vine give about 13,887 hl per year. The average yield is 1,500 kg of grapes per hectare and the maximum yield is 6,000 kg of grapes per hectare (for red wine grapes), corresponding to 39 hl/ha. The maximum yield for white wine grapes is 8,000 kg of grapes per hectare, corresponding to 52 hl/ha. The red wines usually consist of a blend of two or three of the following grapes: Garnacha Tinta, Cariñena, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Within Priorat, there are the following quality designations that regulate aging time: Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva. Crianza, the wine must be aged for at least 2 years, of which at least 12 months in oak barrels. Reserva, the wine must be aged for at least 3 years, of which at least 12 months in oak barrels and at least 24 months in the bottle. Gran Reserva, the wine must be aged for at least 6 years, of which at least 24 months in oak barrels and at least 48 months in the bottle. There are not so many wineries that follow those before mentioned aging times. Usually wines are produced that are classified as Vino de guarda, i.e. the wines that must be aged for at least 2 years, of which at least 18 months in oak barrels and at least 6 months in the bottle. Palacio's famous vineyard L'Ermita (1,7 hectares), from which comes the world-famous wine L'Ermita, is the largest vineyard with old Garnacha vines in the wine region.

 

Priorat grapes, dominated by Garnacha Blanca and Macabeo for white wines, and Garnacha Tinta, Cariñena, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot for red wines.

 

Priorato, another name to Priorat.

 

Priorat soils, vary, but they are characterized for a mixture that consists of black-reddish slate and mica. The mixture, which is called licorella, gives the wines a unique mineral character, good drainage properties, and both reflects sunbeams and stores the solar heat. When the sun has gone down, the stored solar heat in the mixture still emits the heat, which helps the ripening of the grapes. During the summer, the temperature of the mixture reaches 50°C.

 

Priorat the best vintages, 2001, 2010 and 2013.

 

Priorat the best wines, Cartus, Cims de Porrera Clàssic, Clos de l’Obac, Clos Dominic, Clos Martinet, Finca Dofi, L'Ermita, Mas Doix, Mas Martinet, Perinet+, Vinyes Altes and Vinyes Baixes.

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