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
From what is arguably one of the "Grand Cru" sites for red wine in Hungary. This is 100% Kekfrankos that is biodynamically grown. Purple in color with lighter ruby at the edges. Opaque and bright. The nose is earthy, slight barnyard with nice cherry fruit. On the palate, nice sour cherry fruit with medium tannins. Slight cough drop note. Slight forest floor. Long finish. This is complex and deep and also tasty. This seems like it has some upside and will improve over the next three to five years. Drink over the next ten to twelve. Certainly, this will work well with meat dishes
It is hard to track down aged versions of Kekfrankos but finding this (only six years from vintage) gives me hope that the better wines will not only last but develop with some age. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is nice with black cherries and sour cherries with some char and a bit of roasted herbs. Very nice texture. Nice depth. Good acidity. On the palate, black cherries and black raspberries with a slight sour cherry notes. Great texture. Long finish. This seems young and would still benefit from three to five more years of cellaring and drink over the next t
This is a biodynamically made Kekfrankos (Blaufrankisch) from one of Hugary's top winemakers of red wines. This is the base version. Ruby in color, clear and bright. The nose has cherries and sour cherries with a bit of hay and a slight green herbal notes. On the palate, this is has a nice texture. Very nice tart cherry fruit over a bit of smoky char with a nice backbone of acidity. Light tannins. Nice finish. Very good value. Drink over the next five years. This will work well with Lecsó (vegetable stew) although carnivores might want to add Hurka & Kolbász (sausages).
This is 100% Kekfrankos (Blaufrankish) from Hungary. Deep ruby in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose is tight, but with air shows cherries. On the palate, this is medium bodied with good acidity. Nice cherry fruit with some sour cherries. It is young, so it would be interesting to see how this develops with age. Right now it doesn't show much complexity, but that could change with some proper cellaring. That said, it does drink fine right now, and would be a nice pairing for Paprikás Csirke (chicken paprikash).