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Hungary’s biggest claim to fame in the world of wine is Tokaji Aszú – the first wine to purposefully be made from nobly rotten grapes, famously prized and enjoyed by high potentates of old for its magical, curative powers. And, the quality of Tokaji Aszú may never have been higher than it is in these modern times.

 
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2005 Tokaji Aszú Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos 2005 Tokaji Aszú Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos
A blend of mostly Furmint, with lesser percentages of Hárslevelű and Muscat de Lunel grapes from first and second growth vineyards. Golden amber color with resonant aromas suggestive of fine honey, apricot and orange peel; on the tongue the wine is both luscious and complex, balanced by a fine acidity which leads to a clean and refreshing finish. The wine will age effortlessly for several years.

Slight oxidation adds nutty accents and an iodine note to this sinewy dessert white. There's not a lot of flesh, yet this is intense and complex, with apricot, honey, smoke, spice and mineral flavors that won't quit. This has a dry, chalky feel on the finish. Drink now through 2025. Top 100. Rated 94. –BS, Wine Spectator October 15, 2009

$33.75 the 500ml bottle  $172.14 the case of six


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