2003 Royal Tokaji Furmint

The color is the first thing to notice, a bright rich 18k gold. The nose is sweet and floral, hibiscus with apricot and honey. Layer after layer of flavor dance across the palate, all varying variations of apricot and honey, with a bright acidic backbone ranging from sweet Key Lime juice to tart Key Lime zest. Hints of mango linger throughout, though teasing, barely identifiable. It is hard to clock the length of the finish as the desire for the next sip overruns the attempt to measure the finish. Suffice to say, it is incredibly long. Drink with foie gras for the classic match, but it would be even better with Kung Pao from Lucky Strike in Portland, the sweet a counter-balance to the spice. Very Highly Recommended. DH

WHO: Royal Tokaji Wine Co.
WHAT: Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos (Furmint, sweet white)
WHERE: Tokaji, Hungary
WHEN: 2003
HOW MUCH: $50 (500 ml)

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