2000 The Royal Tokaji Wine Co. Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos (500ml)

SKU #1333665 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 An amazing wine that is a benchmark for its class. Pure scents of dried apricot, citrus, jasmine and melon are coated with Asian spices, while the mouth is honeyed but nuanced, with flavors of dried spices, apricot marmalade and citrus fruits. What sets this wine apart is its mouthwatering acidity. A blend of grapes from multiple vineyards, this 26,000-case production wine is a steal at this price. *Editor's Choice*  (6/2006)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Alluring aromas of gingersnap cookies, apricot and orange marmalade. Sweet, yet deftly balanced by lively structure. Fine lingering finish, where the harmony really shows. Drink now through 2020. *Top 100 Wines of 2006* (BS)  (10/2006)

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