2007 Heidi Schröck Furmint (Previously $30)

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91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Schrock’s 2007 Furmint is scented with nut oils and strawberry along with the more predictable, heady floral perfume (freesia, linden, peony) and quince. The combination of subtle oiliness and silken richness with levity and elegance is uncanny..." (02/09) According to importer Terry Theise: "I ADORE Furmint. And if Loire Chenin is high on your list-o-goodies then you’ll adore Furmint as much as I do. Indeed with wines like this it’s as if Mosel Riesling and Vouvray were blended in your glass. The variety, famous of course for Tokay, was reintroduced to Burgenland (once a part of Hungary, after all) in the early ‘90s by Heidi and others of similar mind. It ripens late and holds onto its acidity and is as graceful as storks in flight and as evocative as the nightcalls of strange birds and frogs wafting darkly over the reeds. The ‘07 is slow to unfold, but gorgeous once it does. Classic rosewater and quince aromas lead into a marvelously silky and spicy palate; both yielding and firm; peony notes to an atmospheric and sweet-toned wine. By the way, here’s a fun fact to know and tell: Heidi’s 0.8 hectare of Furmint is almost exactly 10% of the total planted in Austria. Now I need to suss who I can bribe using this information..."

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