Royal Tokaji Wine Company Essencia (375ML half-bottle) 2003
Dessert from Hungary
Alcohol By Volume: 2.2%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The 2003 Essencia combines the taut ample acidity of the 1999 and the charming balanced richness of the 2000. It has aromas of honeysuckle and summer lime blossom but also of raisins, of orange blossom and oranges, of dried apricots and lemon zest, of quince and fig and — can it be? — tobacco.
"This is surprisingly delicate for something so concentrated. It pours like warm honey, coating the tongue in a soft, silky blanket of flavor, all apricot and orange at first. As it warms in the mouth, notes of wildflower honey, orange blossoms and green tea emerge, a faint earthy flavor rumbling an octave below. At 2.23 percent alcohol and 511 grams of residual sugar per liter, it should pretty much live forever, a rarity to revel in by the teaspoon."
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