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Date Printed: 7/22/2014
Royal Tokaji Wine Company 5 Puttonyos (Red Label) (500ML) 2005
Royal Tokaji Wine Company 5 Puttonyos (Red Label) (500ML) 2005
(search item no. 100351)
Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Tasting Panel rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#44 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009

Only eight vintages of the Royal Tokaji Red Label have been produced since its premier release of the 1990 vintage. Since then, the Red Label has been made in 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2003 and 2005. This wine is a blend of carefully selected grapes from several of Royal Tokaji's first and second growth vineyards.

The 2005 Red Label is imbued with a golden amber color. Its perfume resonates with ripe fruit, honey and orange peel. The palate offers lusciousness and complexity balanced by fine acidity, which leads to a clean and refreshing finish. It will age beautifully for several years.

Serve slightly chilled (50 to 54 degrees) in a small port glass or a glass of similar size (there are approximately eight two-ounce servings per 500ml bottle). Tokaji Aszú wines are wonderful on their own as an apéritif or as a digestif, with cigars and petits fours. These wines also pair well with a wide variety of foods, including foie gras, fruit tarts, chocolate desserts, and blue and soft cheeses.

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About Royal Tokaji:

The first Tokaji Aszú (toh-KAY ah-SOO) wine was created in the 1600s, perhaps by accident - a harvest delayed by threat of enemy invasion. In 1700, Tokaj became the first European region to have its vineyards classified, its uniquely varied terroirs and climates rated Primae Classis, Secundae Classis, Tertius Classis ("1st Growth, 2nd Growth, 3rd Growth") by Prince Rakoczi of Transylvania. This classification system is still used in Hungary today. Louis XIV of France (1638 - 1715) declared Tokaji "the wine of Kings and the King of wines", while in the 18th century, Catherine the Great stationed soldiers in Tokaj to protect her vineyards.

Quality production ended with World Wars I and II and the Communist takeover of Hungarian winemaking. Aszú grapes were used for mass production in factories, with vineyard distinctions lost in giant tanks. Tokaji's renaissance began after the collapse of communism with the Royal Tokaji Wine Company (RTWC) in 1989, inspired by well-known wine author, Hugh Johnson, and others. RTWC's founders started the winery in an effort to preserve what they considered a dying art. "I couldn't resist bringing back to life a wine that had been so renowned centuries ago," says Johnson.