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We Switch from Sauternes to Tokaji

September 11, 2012 Leave a comment

We were initially underwhelmed by this wine when we first opened it. The flavors were a bit simpler than expected. The residual sugar compared to the acidity was noticeably higher than our recent experience with Sauternes. So I replaced the cork only to pull it five days later when Lou came over. Lou enjoyed a taste so I took my note on the sixth night. It was much better, showing more flavors and better balance. Instead of recommending a five day decant I suggest you revisit this wine in the same number of years. This wine was available at MacArthur Beverages.

2006 Royal Tokaji, 5 Puttonyos, Red Label, Tokaji – (500mL) $36
This wine is a blend of mostly Furmint and Harslevelu with a small amount of Muscat de Lunel which was fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel. It was aged for two and a half years in Zemplen oak. TA 10.7 g/L, RS 178 g/L, Alcohol 10%. Tasted on the sixth night, this wine had a medium-strength nose of dried and fresh apricot which stepped out of the glass. In the mouth the tangy apricot flavors mix with a body of moderate residual sugar. It turns tangy with dried fruit in the finish. There is a lovely mouthfeel to the wine with the acidity showing well. The flavors dry up in to the assertive finish which is still a little rough. This improved with air but still needs time to integrate. **(*) 2017-2037.