2011 The Royal Tokaji Wine Company Furmint Dry
Wine & Spirits
Don't be fooled by the price: this may be a fraction of the cost of one of Royal Tokaji's Aszu wines, but it's just as carefully made. Sourced from the company's first-growth vineyards in Mad and Tarcal, this furmint positively glows with flavor, moving from apricot into a red fruit realm, like great riesling sometimes does. The variety's fiery acidity belts it, drawing attention back to the stony flavor at the wine's center. Half the blend spent time in oak, an element that grows in impression over the course of several days; put it away for a year to let it better integrate, as it should be worth the wait.
Elegant and finely detailed, with a waft of smoke behind the white grapefruit and melon rind notes, lingering with traces of spice and chalk. Fine length. Drink now. (Web Only- 2013)
Apparently half of this was barrel fermented but you can't taste any wood. There is some smoked apple initially and rapier-like acidity but the power of this wine is all on the finish. It positively smokes on the back of the palate. Very assertive and great to have a dry Furmint in mass circulation. (Total production is over 100,000 bottles.) *Good Value* Drink 2012-2014.
This dry white wine from Hungary is produced from the dominant grape varietal in the Tokaji wine region, 100% Furmint! Royal Tokaji's first vintage was 2003 which was a Decanter Magazine Best Buy. Furmint is an early budding, late ripening variety and is particularly susceptible to noble rot. Its high acidity gives the wine longevity. Furmint is characterized by apricot notes and a hint of honey on the nose. The depth of fruit is balanced by its mineral backbone. This 2011 is a pale green lemon color. On the nose there are hints of spice as well as lemon and ripe crisp apples. On the palate, this white is dry with a refreshing, food-friendly acidity.