2000 The Royal Tokaji Wine Company Essencia (375ml)

SKU #1056348 97 points Wine Spectator

 The essence of orange blossom, dried apricot, tobacco and butterscotch aromas and flavors. This is thick and viscous, with a vivid structure and a saturated finish. Intensely sweet. A drop goes a long way. Drink now through 2050. (BS, Web Only-2009)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

 This famed Hungarian dessert wine never disappoints. An elegant nose of honey, apricot, butterscotch and spice is followed by a luxuriant, mouth-coating wave of satiny honey and apricot flavors, balanced by citrusy acidity. Complex, perfectly poised, it’s a wine with both pedigree and charm—delicious when sipped alone or paired with a mild Roquefort or fruit. *Editors' Choice* (SK)  (5/2009)

K&L Notes

Essencia is the richest and rarest of all Hungarian Tokaji wines. Typically, this free run juice takes 6 to 8 years to complete its fermentation to less than 3% alcohol. Essencia can reach 85% residual sugar. Essencia wine is legendary. Essencia 2000 is presented in numbered bottles in a brass hinged wooden box complete with a traditional crystal spoon.

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