Saturday, July 30, 2011

2005 Tokaji Aszú 3 Puttonyos

2005 St. Stephen's Crown 3 Puttonyos Tokaji Aszu

2005 St. Stephen's Crown 3 Puttonyos Tokaji Aszú

Can there be a more singular wine than Tokaji? They can be so breathtaking, more complex and interesting than you could ever imagine a sweet wine to be. The second wine of our evening, and in fact, my favourite. This wine married even better with dinner, fish and various greens sautéed simply over hot oil.

Double decanted as well, and chilled in ice. This is showing a stunning amber colour, with an earthy nose of dried apricots and dates. Mineral, with mature characters. Following on the palate, with just a touch of sweetness, very bright acidity, and impeccably balanced. Long, dried fruits on an elegant finish. A wine of great breeding.

It's that incredible combination of botrytis character and minerality, all beginning to mature that makes the wine work so well with food. Just everything I want in a vin de terroir.

DF

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