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Date Printed: 11/25/2014
Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos (Red Label) (500ML) 2006
Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos (Red Label) (500ML) 2006
(search item no. 105277)
Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/25/2014: $38.99

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
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2005 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#28 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010

A clear golden amber color. At first, botrytis, apricot, orange peel and honey hit the nose, followed more explicitly by fig, with wood and smoky notes flashing up, and both orange peel and honey returning in the end. The palate is rich with orange and notes of botrytis, which is then swept by apricot with a citrusy aftertaste. Wonderful and lively acidity. A touch of mint also appears with its cooling and refreshing effects. Thanks to the crisp acidity, it is not the sweetness, but the rich aromas that add up to the extremely long finish. Very promising, already fascinating aszú wine.

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About Royal Tokaji Wine Company:

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.