Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos

Tinon Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos 2006 (500ml)

Tinon, Tokaj (Hungary)
Dessert (11.5%)
Furmint, Hárslevelű
500ml
$95.95
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Our Notes: Aszú refers to the dried hand picked botrytis infected grapes. Puttonyos (literally baskets) refers to the ratio of Aszú berries to base wine. For a 5 Puttonyos, the residual sugar must have a minimum of 120 g/l. These Aszú berries are then mashed into a super sweet thick black paste and macerated in a finished dry wine for a month. After a long and slow 2 years of barrel fermentation, Samuel is careful to never hermetically seal off the wine — there is always contact with oxygen. This balance between building good oxidation into the wine brings out an incredible aromatic profile. The wine also finishes so stable that no sulphur is added at any time. While many modern renditions of Tokaji Aszú attempt to limit or completely starve the wine of oxidation, Samuel embraces the traditional practices of Tokaj and exposes the wine to oxygen from start to finish. This intentionally good oxidation has coaxed out spicy eastern aromatics in tandem with a high level of sweetness and acidity. This is not simply a dessert wine, but rather something to throw at anything pungent and or spicy. Money allowing, it’s amazing to deglaze meats and fish with it as well. According to Samuel, it’s also “ideal with pancakes, by the fireside after a long walk.”

92 Points Wine & Spirits Magazine for the 2005: “Tinon prefers a fairly traditional vinification for his Aszú, macerating it with finished wine rather than fresh juice (the modern preference) and leaving it from anywhere from one week to more than a month. Some of the wine gets held in tank; some goes into French oak barrels he has made in Tokaj. The result is an opulent, old school wine; it brings to mind a thich slice of rye bread liberally buttered and slathered with homemade apricot jam. It reads as more rich than sweet, with a gentle nuttiness that recalls roasted pecans, and a leather note that deepens the savory side.

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