2008 The Royal Tokaji Wine Co. "Red Label" Aszú 5 Puttonyos (500ml)
This is the benchmark bottling for Tokaji dessert wines in the U.S. market. Royal Tokaji's 5 Puttonyos is honeyed and viscous with a fruit profile of citrus, apricot, and pineapple which is enlivened by almost searing acidity. A unique mineral profile drives the very long finish and informs the experience with Tokaji's legendary terroir and history that goes back hundreds of years. This is a noble sweet wine of unmatched value, and there is a stunning amount of flavor packed into a 500ml bottle. It is in a perfect comfort zone with fruit and pastry desserts, as well as (of course) blue cheese. The 2008 vintage has not yet been professionally reviewed, but the 2007 garnered 93 points from Wines & Spirits and 92 points from both Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast.