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
This is 100% Pušipel which is another name for Moslavac, Šipon, Mosler, or Furmint. It is light golden in color with the slightest copper hue to it. The nose is interesting with some pear but also some hay and a slight melon note. On the palate, this turns more to tart grapefruits with a bit of an herbal streak. The wine itself is weighty with a perception of sweetness yet it drinks tart. Looking it up later, there is apparently 7.7 g/l of residual sugar. The finish does have just a hint of sweetness that gets lost among the tart grapefruit notes. 12% ABV on the label. Another very