2015 Eszterbauer "Sógor" Kadarka Szekszard Hungary

SKU #1291927

Janos Eszterbauer is a 10th generation wine maker in the red wine district of Szekszárd. South of Budapest, north of Croatia at a latitude between Bordeaux and the Loire Valley, the ancient loess hills of Szekszárd have been planted to vineyards since before the Celts. This strong connection to the past is depicted by the black and white photo of a harvest in 1935--including Szöszke Sógor, the grandfather of their winemaker, Laci Pálinkás--on the label of this Kadarka. The exact origin of the grape is unknown but it is believed to have been brought to Szekszárd from modern-day Bulgaria by the Turks. This fresh, fruity, spicy, dry red wine is totally its own, although one could compare it to some of the more exotic Cabernet Franc-based reds coming out of the Loire. It is a wine that defies the season and would be just as appropriate slightly chilled with smoky BBQ on a warm summer night as it would be on a snowy Christmas eve with goose. The winery's tasting note: "Easy and engaging appearance, youthful in the glass. Intensive spicy fragrance, impressive and diverse. These spices go on in taste, with fresh, red berried fruit flavors. It has a flavour of raspberry syrup, very easy to drink. Excellent Kadarka for every day consumption."

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