Had a Glass: 2006 Royal Tokaji Wine Co. Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos Red Label

Vintage: 2006
Producer: Royal Tokaji Wine Co.
Variety: Furmint blend
Designation: Aszú 5 Puttonyos Red Label
Region: Hungary
Sub-region: Hegyalja, Tokaji
ABV: 10.0%
Price: $33 USD (Esquin)

He says: Tokaji is one of those great joys that very few are aware of, yet there are few wines that compare. Full of intensity, on the nose and palate, with rich honey, tropical fruit, apricots and citrus. Somehow, with all that sweetness it still tastes remarkably fresh – thank you, acidity! Keep a bottle of this in mind for your next dessert course after several rounds of food/drink; at 10% alcohol, it’s not so worrisome that your guests will pass out after their first whiff.

She says: For those of you new to Tokaji, it’s sweetness level was traditionally based on how many puttonyos of Aszu (paste made from botrytised grapes) were added to the wine. Now it is generally based on sugar level and the sweeter the wine, the more expensive it is. This is a great wine for those wanting to try something different without breaking the bank. Those with a sweet tooth will love this.

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, med+ gold
Smells like: Clean, med+ intensity, developing, honey, tropical fruit, apricot, orange peel
Tastes like: Medium sweet, med+ acidity, full body, pronounced intensity, honey, tropical fruit, citrus, apricots, med alcohol, long finish
Summary: Excellent, Ready to drink but can develop further

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