Other news the past 12 months, part 1

 

New wines in temporary assortment that were tasted during June 2020 (22-06-2020 by Robert Jonasson and Nenad Jelisic)

 

The tasted Systembolaget's new wines in temporary assortment, which were tasted during June 2020, got the following points (Note that the wines are arranged in alphabetical order; NV = non-vintage wine; Systembolaget = a government owned chain of all liquor stores in Sweden): 1. Amber, 2018 (24 EUR/27 USD) white dry blend wine, Australia, 2,5 NJP, 2. Beaujolais Blanc, Terre de Loyse, Laurent Perrachon, 2018 (12 EUR/13 USD) white dry wine, France, 1,5 NJP, 3. Château Peymartin, 2016 (28 EUR/31 USD) red dry blend wine, France, 2,0 NJP, 4. Crozes-Hermitage, Blanc, E. Guigal, 2017 (21 EUR/23 USD) white dry blend wine, France, 2,0 NJP, 5. Escherndorfer Fürstenberg, Silvaner, Trocken, Erste Lage, 2018 (19 EUR/21 USD) white dry wine, Germany, 1,5 NJP, 6. Heartland, Director's Cut, Shiraz, 2017 (19 EUR/21 USD) red dry wine, Australia, 0,5 NJP, 7. Kevin John, Chardonnay, 2017 (63 EUR/69 USD) white dry wine, Australia, 3,0 NJP, 8. Les Pierres Girard, 2017 (17 EUR/19 USD) white dry wine, France, 2,5 NJP, 9. Lioco, Chardonnay, Sonoma County, 2018 (19 EUR/21 USD) white dry wine, USA, 2,0 NJP, 10. Mangan Vineyards, Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, 2018 (23 EUR/26 USD) white dry blend wine, Australia, 2,5 NJP.

 

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New wines in regular assortment March 2020 (13-04-2020 by Nenad Jelisic and Robert Jonasson)

 

NJ Wines has tasted all Systembolaget's new wines in regular assortment March 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 2,5 NJP, if any, are presented under "Make sure to try these wines, wines that have got at least 3,0 NJP of possible 5,0 NJP"; NV = non-vintage wine; Systembolaget = a government owned chain of all liquor stores in Sweden): 1. Argyle, Pinot Noir, 2017 (17 EUR/19 USD in Sweden) red dry wine, USA, 0,0 NJP, 2. Château Tour Sieujean, 2015 (27 EUR/30 USD in Sweden) red dry blend wine, France, 2,5 NJP, 3. Chinon, Fabien Demois, 2018 (11 EUR/12 USD in Sweden) red dry wine, France, 0,0 NJP, 4. Colinas, Reserva, 2011 (18 EUR/20 USD in Sweden) red dry blend wine, Portugal, 0,0 NJP, 5. Cucha Cucha, Cinsault, 2019 (9 EUR/10 USD in Sweden) red dry wine, Chile, 0,0 NJP, 6. Daytripper, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2018 (9 EUR/10 USD in Sweden) red dry blend wine, USA, 0,0 NJP, 7. Domaene Gobelsburg, Langenlois, Grüner Veltliner, 2018 (11 EUR/12 USD in Sweden) white dry wine, Austria, 2,5 NJP, 8. Espelt, Sol, Organic, 2018 (9 EUR/10 USD in Sweden) red dry blend wine, Spain, 0,0 NJP, 9. Fernley, Sauvignon Blanc, 2018 (8 EUR/9 USD in Sweden) white dry wine, USA, 1,5 NJP, 10. Gardo & Morris, Reserve, Syrah, 2018 (15 EUR/16 USD in Sweden) red dry wine, New Zealand, 0,0 NJP.

 

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New wines in temporary assortment that were tasted during February 2020 (04-03-2020 by Nenad Jelisic and Robert Jonasson)

 

The tasted Systembolaget's new wines in temporary assortment, which were tasted during February 2020, got the following points (Note that the wines are arranged in alphabetical order; NV = non-vintage wine; Systembolaget = a government owned chain of all liquor stores in Sweden): 1. Alfa Crux, Corte Uco, 2010 (30 EUR/34 USD in Sweden) red dry blend wine, Argentina, 2,5 NJP, 2. Birichino, Grenache, Besson Vineyard, 2017 (23 EUR/25 USD in Sweden) red dry wine, USA, 0,0 NJP, 3. Crozes-Hermitage, Yann Chave, 2017 (19 EUR/21 USD in Sweden) red dry wine, France, 2,5 NJP, 4. Cune, Imperial, Reserva, 2016 (27 EUR/30 USD in Sweden) red dry blend wine, Spain, 1,0 NJP, 5. Dehesa La Granja, Dehesa 14, 2004 (28 EUR/31 USD in Sweden) red dry wine, Spain, 0,5 NJP, 6. Freakshow, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015 (18 EUR/20 USD in Sweden) red dry blend wine, USA, 1,0 NJP, 7. Montebruna, Barbera d'Asti, Braida, 2017 (19 EUR/21 USD in Sweden) red dry wine, Italy, 1,0 NJP, 8. Newton Johnson, Walker Bay, Pinot Noir, 2017 (19 EUR/21 USD in Sweden) red dry wine, South Africa, 2,0 NJP, 9. Origen, Gran Reserva, Cabernet Franc, 2018 (14 EUR/15 USD in Sweden) red dry wine, Chile, 2,5 NJP, 10. Protos 27, 2016 (21 EUR/23 USD in Sweden) red dry blend wine, Spain, 3,0 NJP.

 

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Back on track again? Italian Wine Day 2019, Operaterrassen, Stockholm (31-01-2020 by Nenad Jelisic)

 

Italian Wine Day was the last major wine tasting of the year. It was held at the Operaterrassen in Stockholm the 25th of November 2019. Of the 167 tasted wines, 42 wines got more than 2,5 NJP, i.e. 25%, which is a good result. The result is a clear improvement compared with the result of the corresponding tasting in 2018, when only 15% of the wines got 2,5 NJP or more. At the Italian wine day 2015, 2016 and 2017, between 25 and 28% of the wines got more than 2,5 NJP in ratings. It feels like the Italian wines are back to normal level again. Unfortunately, only 10 wines got over 3,0 NJP in ratings. It is remarkable that only 2 white wines got more than 2,5 NJP in ratings. Unfortunately, it was the same trend at this tasting as at the other trade tastings in recent years; the most well-known producers and their prestigious wines were missing. This is both a very dull trend and a big difference to how it was for just a few years ago. The result could be much better if we, for example, got to taste the wines from Capannelle, Dal Forno Romano, Gaia, La Spinetta, Le Macchiole, Monteverro and Tua Rita or the wines as Masseto, Ornellaia or Sassicaia, to name a few. The wines that stood out in terms of quality and taste were mainly wines from Tuscany and Piedmont. From the tasting, NJ Wines must highlight the wines of the producer Terreno. At the last year's tasting, NJ Wines selected Terreno as the best producer at the tasting and at this year's tasting, Terreno was only beaten by the legendary Piedmont’s producer Aldo Conterno.

 

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