This is a new wine from the Szepsy family that is 100% Furmint. The grapes are from the Hasznos, Bohomáj, Úrágya, Urbán and Nyulas vineyards. It was fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks. Gold in color, clear and bright. The nose is tight but with air opens to show spice, minerals and salinity. Viscous with good acidity. On the palate, this is more about minerality with some citrus. Nice finish. This is drinking well now on its own and will work well with lighter foods such as Langos (deep fried flat breads with spreads). Drink over the next three to five years. Tasted at Di
One of the best wines from Hungary I have tasted. Köves is the name of the vineyard. Egri Csillag means star of Eger which comes from a legend about the lights coming from the Watchman's Huts protecting Hungary from the Turks in the 17th century. This region has long been known for its reds known as Bulls Blood but apparently a few hundred years ago, the whites were more prominent. It is an organic blend of 60% Hárslevelű, and 40% Furmint. Golden in color, clear and bright. The nose is complex and perfumed. Spicy with wintergreen, alfalfa and gun powder. Medium bodied. On the palat
This is a dry wine made from mostly Furmint in Hungary. It is actually a blend of 85% Furmint, 7% Hárslevelű, 5% Yellow Muscat and 3% Kabar. Pale golden in color, clear and bright. The nose has nice peach notes with a bit of a floral quality. Medium bodied with a slightly oily texture. On the palate, the peach comes thru with a strong but balanced acidity. Some depth. Tasty. Long finish. One of those wines that seems familiar but not quite. drink over the next couple of years. At under $20, it is a nice value and a strong buy for summer sipping on its own or with lighter foods.
Honestly, expectations were very low for this. From a 250ml bottle. In the bottle, it looked like balsamic vinegar but once poured it was more the color of iced tea. Clear and bright. If served blind, the guess would be Vin Santo. The nose is nutty with caramel but also a slight honey and pear. Medium to full bodied but viscous. On the palate, this is just barely sweet. More like semi-sweet. Caramel and nutty flavors with some burnt cashew notes. Some acidity. Moderate finish. Certainly a respectable showing at age 33 from a 250ml bottle!
This made from Furmint grapes in Hungary. Light gold in color with slight green hues, clear and bright. The nose is nice. Clean, no diesel notes notes. Scents of lemons, limes and pears with good minerality. Medium bodied. On the palate, this has nice pear fruit with underlying minerals. Fresh and lively acidity. Long finish. It would be interesting to do a vertical to see how these age, but tasting this young was a pleasure for the clean and lively taste. Drink alone or with food. Salads or lighter seafood would work well. Drink over the next three to five years.
Royal Tokaji Wine Co.
This is a very interesting wine made from 56% Hárslevelű and 44% Furmint organic grapes. The vineyard, Lishegy dates back to at least 1686. The wine was aged for 12 months in 500L Hungarian oak barrels. 2007 is a recent release. It is a dry wine with 12.1% abv. Golden in color, clear and bright. The nose has apricots and minerals and what might best be described as a "woody" scent. Not quite oak. There is also a very slight diesel note. On the palate, this has tart quince with some limes. A viscous texture. Dry. Long finish. A very interesting wine that improved great with some
This sec or dry wine is made from 85% Furmint, 15% Hárslevelu grapes in Hungary. The producer is organic and farms biodynamically. Medium golden in color, shimmering bright and clear. The nose is nice with quince, limes, slight apricot and a hint of animal sweat. Medium bodied. On the palate, quince, slight lime, slight apricot with an underlying slight char. Tart acidity but a barely perceptible level of sweetness that balances it nicely. Good finish. This drinks well on its own but would work better with food. Shellfish would work well. Drink over the next three to five years.
This is made from the Furmint grape from a single vineyard (Barakony). Várhegy is the name of an extinct volcano that dominates the geography of the area (the name means castle hill). The wine checks in at 11.6%ABV with Residual Sugar at 2.9 g/l (just barely perceptible). Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose has pronounced diesel notes along with some quince. On the palate, this is light to medium bodied. Tart quince paste notes with nice minerality. Slight smokiness. Good acidity. Long finish. This drinks well on its own but will work better with food. Lighter poult
This is made from the Furmint grape. It is virtually dry although there is a perception of sweetness. Light silvery gold in color, clear and bright. The nose has quince with a slight petrol note. Medium bodied and slightly viscous. On the palate, there is a nice sour lemons note along with some pears. There is a strong backbone of acidity which I love but depending on your preferences may be an issue. It carries the finish out a long way. As this opened, the sour lemon note became slightly candied (in a good way) and melded well with the pear. In a tasting of dry Tokaji wines, this