2008 The Royal Tokaji Wine Co. "Red Label" Aszú 5 Puttonyos (500ml)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
High-toned aromas of apricot, white raisin and spices. Supersweet but with bracing but harmonious acidity energizing the pure apricot flavor. At once sweet and salty on the back end, boasting superb retention of pure fruit. Showed a slightly edgy quality with 24 hours in the recorked bottle.
Shows some intensity, with aromas and flavors of orange peel, grapefruit, clove and dried apricot. This is vibrant and tangy, offering a long aftertaste that introduces smoke and mineral elements. Drink now through 2028. (Web Only--2014)
Aromas of butterscotch, apricot preserves and vanilla caramel lead to flavors of quince preserves and apricot tart. Round in the mouth, it shows excellent structure and delights with refreshing acidity on the finish.
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.