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Tasting Notes for Zoltán Németi

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Red
2/1/2013 - Zoltán Németi wrote:
87 points
Fresher and less oaky than previous vintages. Red currents, cherries on the nose, just a tad leafy. Turns into cassis with airing. Medium-bodied with soft acidity and a bit drying tannins. Not complex, but surprisingly well drinkable for this label.
Red
1/1/2023 - Zoltán Németi Likes this wine:
87 points
The price of this wine has hardly changed in the last 15 years, neither did the style. Oaky, ripe and full, but perhaps a bit less extracted than back in the old days, or the five years of ageing softened it for good. Developed but not old at all. Pencil shavings and lots of bay leaves on the nose, smells like a warm vintage Bordeaux and oozes cabernet franc, quite vegetal, in a good way. Full-bodied and soft, starts to mellow, but still firmly tannic. Generous rather than elegant, but it’s hard not to like its concentration. Very good. Drink now or in the next few years, it will last for a while.

Read more: https://screwcapped.com/supermarket-wines-chateau-teleki-villanyi-franc-2017/
Red
1/1/2023 - Zoltán Németi wrote:
86 points
Cabernet, merlot and syrah. Tastes like a New World wine. Loaded with marzipan and rum, oak overpowers everything else. Smells sweet. Lots of tannins and alcohol. It's big, and might appeal to those looking for power, but one dimensional and lacks character.
Red
1/1/2023 - Zoltán Németi Likes this wine:
86 points
So well put together. Seamless and open to business. Dried plums meet cedar box and a touch of marzipan, unmistakable Bordeaux in character. There is a plushness to it which I associate to merlot, but it's actually cabernet dominant. Smooth on the palate and surprisingly flavorful for its humble price. Properly tannic without being austere, the balance is great, such an enjoyable wine for its medium weight. Drink now.

Read more: https://screwcapped.com/supermarket-wines-pierre-chanau-cotes-de-bourg-2020/
Red
1/1/2023 - Zoltán Németi Likes this wine:
89 points
A riper expression, halfway between Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. Well integrated, shy oak gives it a warmer character, roundness and power, it’s not your lean and fresh cabernet franc. A bit reminiscent to a Villány or Tuscan one with its dark, bay leaf and leather aromas. Medium to full-bodied, seamless, the crisp acidity and the firm tannins are well integrated. Good concentration combined with French elegance and restraint. A very good wine with lots of personality.

Read more: https://screwcapped.com/solid-loire-red-domaine-philippe-alliet-chinon-2020/
Red
12/1/2022 - Zoltán Németi Likes this wine:
87 points
The best wine I have tasted from Páger so far. Dark and full-bodied, with black pepper in the background, adding a Rhone-like edge. Big with good concentration, alcohol is a bit high, tannins drying. A bit rustic, but clean, does not taste like a natural wine.
Red
12/1/2022 - Zoltán Németi wrote:
76 points
Acetaldehyde nose. Notable concentration, but lacks fruit and intensity. Raw on the finish. Not faulty, but nothing to enjoy.
Red
12/1/2022 - Zoltán Németi Likes this wine:
85 points
Smells a bit industrial with these bubble gum and banana notes, but quite nice otherwise. Black cherries, violets, the vivid character of carbonic reds. So light, only 11%, there is a new wave vibe to it. Bone dry and tight, with crispy tannins. Full of energy, so fresh.
Red
12/1/2022 - Zoltán Németi wrote:
83 points
In a bad shape. Developed on the nose, oak sticks out. Starts to mellow, acidity is not integrated, makes it thin and sharp. Dumb phase?
Red
12/1/2022 - Zoltán Németi wrote:
83 points
Proper Southern-Rhone villages wine, dark, ripe and full. Raisiny and black fruited. Low acid, firm tannin and elevated alcohol, so typical structure. A bit muted, though, perhaps in a dumb phase, wait 1-2 years.
Red
2/1/2022 - Zoltán Németi Likes this wine:
86 points
Cheerful and vibrant. Loaded with cherries and mulberries, jumps out of the glass. Pinot-like, almost airy on the palate, hardly medium-bodied but packed with red fruits. Winner intensity, it really comes through, delicious and charming. I love it.
Red
12/1/2022 - Zoltán Németi Likes this wine:
85 points
In a great form. Just an entry level wine, nothing complex, but so enjoyable. Open, intense with pretty black cherry, stewed strawberry notes and a touch of wood. Juicy and cheerful, quite supple and easy to drink. A nice bistro red.
Red
12/1/2022 - Zoltán Németi wrote:
85 points
A crowdpleaser. Lacks varietal character and over-oaked, but intensity is great and extraction is gentle, making it round and easy to drink. That oak is nicer than what you often find in Villány, not charred, but sweet, nutty and rum-like – perhaps US oak. Generous and a bit sweet on the palate, lighter on tannin. Many will like this.

Read more: https://screwcapped.com/supermarket-wines-gunzer-syrah-2020-villany/
Red
11/1/2022 - Zoltán Németi wrote:
80 points
Stemmy, leafy, herbal. Mulch notes. Whole bunch character in a bad way. Drinkable, but not good, challenging, lacks charm and regional character. It can slightly improve with 1-2 years of aging.
Red
11/1/2022 - Zoltán Németi wrote:
80 points
Tastes cheap, lacks character. Some smoke and molasses on the nose. Fairly balanced but very simple.
Red
11/1/2022 - Zoltán Németi Likes this wine:
84 points
Consistent with my previous bottle opened in May. So nice for a cheap kékfrankos. Open to business, on its plateau, round and harmonious. Like a Hungarian version to basic Chianti. Costs less than 4 Euros, great value. I would happily drink this every week, as an everyday quaffer.
Red
2019 UDP Lugon - Pierre Chanau Versant Royal Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/1/2022 - Zoltán Németi wrote:
83 points
Bad bottle? Developed, muted, simple and short. This is declining already. It’s mellow and round at least, easy to drink.
Red
2021 Ostoros-Bor Egri Portugieser Eger Blauer Portugieser
Tastes very cheap an industrial. Oak chips nose. Dilute and unripe, with bitter and coarse tannins. Why did they bottle it at all? OK to cook with, not to drink.
Red
2020 Attila Homonna Mumus Balatonfüred-Csopak Kékfrankos, Blaufränkisch
10/1/2022 - Zoltán Németi wrote:
83 points
I cannot see why this is marketed as an easy drinking, new wave version of kékfrankos. It’s quite oaky, a regular red style. The aromatics of a Burgenland blaufrankisch, lead by smoky oak; it’s just less tannic and more acidic than those. OKish, but not for me.
Red
10/1/2022 - Zoltán Németi Likes this wine:
85 points
Standout for a basic CdR. Unusually fresh for the region, packed with lively fruit, no raisins here. A Beaujolais cheerfulness to the fuller, soft Rhone profile. Juicy and intense, a delicious bistro wine.
Red
10/1/2022 - Zoltán Németi wrote:
83 points
Bad bottle? Quite developed, declining already. Pale in color, simple and light to taste, no tannins at sight. A bit funky and leafy. It’s balanced, mellow, though, drinks nicely actually. Don’t hold.
Red
So overoaked. Also, outbalanced, sharply acidic. Poor wine.
Red
10/1/2022 - Zoltán Németi wrote:
83 points
Muted. A bit funky, too. Dark, ripe with cassis and paprika notes. Smooth and has good concentration, yet somehow unimpressive, lacks vigor. Bad bottle? Previous vintages were way better.
Red
10/1/2022 - Zoltán Németi wrote:
83 points
Simple but pleasant. Recognisable Rhone character, it’s just a light version. Red fruited, balanced, well made.
Red
12/1/2022 - Zoltán Németi Likes this wine:
89 points
A super nose, kinda Bandol meets Tuscany. Quite complex and leathery, with dried figs, ripe black fruits, even some cantaloupes. Pinot-like, light texture is the first impression, but then comes a wall of chewy, drying tannins – this adds charm and character, like in a barolo. Quite moderated alcohol. Lacks some flavor intensity and length, to be really great, better on the nose. Very good. Nerdy stuff, though.

Read more: https://screwcapped.com/plavac-mali-for-nebbiolo-lovers-milos-plavac-2018/
White - Sparkling
1/1/2023 - Zoltán Németi wrote:
78 points
Tried before a lunch. Cheap and widely distributed Hungarian sparkling. Fresh style, no autolysis notes. A nice nose, but very simple and dilute on the palate. Not terrible, but just too basic. Spend a bit more and buy something more decent.
Red
12/1/2022 - Zoltán Németi Likes this wine:
88 points
A blend of cabernet, csókaszőlő, kékfrankos and syrah. Raised in amphoras and tanks, so unoaked, and that results in purity not often seen in Villány reds. Ripe but not sweet dark fruits on the nose, it’s quite spicy and savoury, and have proper freshness while showing its warmer climate origin. Medium to full-bodied, has good acidity and drive. Perfectly clean, no funk here, but it feels honest and real. The only detail out of place is tannin, it’s a bit overt, making the finish a bit raw (should work better with food). Such an interesting wine, I like it a lot.

Read more: https://screwcapped.com/new-wave-hungarian-red-vylyan-voros-variacio-2021/
Red
7/1/2022 - Zoltán Németi Likes this wine:
96 points
Stunning. Bright and red fruited, with some hibiscus and smoked ham savouriness. A hint of Hunter semillon in the aromatics, quite interesting. Elegant, graceful, almost weightless, hardly medium-bodied. Pinot-like in a way, but it has a creamier texture. Proper, but not marked tannins, alcohol is a tad elevated. A nuanced, detailed wine, the complete opposite of the ripe and big Barossa shiraz. What an intense flavor and length of aftertaste. Brilliant wine with such a unique character.

Read more: https://screwcapped.com/magnificent-australian-shiraz-tyrrells-8-acres-2018/
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Red
7/1/2022 - Zoltán Németi Likes this wine:
97 points
ensational. Tastes like a Wendouree rather than a syrah, but I’m not complaining. There is some Barolo or Burgundy grand cru-like charm, a traditional European classic feel to it. Super savoury. Lively yet ripe fruits, bitter coconut shell oak. Bone dry with real, grippy tannins, there is a lovely stemmy, whole bunch feel to them – though I’m not sure they are using any in the making. Tension, focus and complexity, all are there. Acidity is great, too. A wow wine. Actually I would open it now as it’s in its prime of energy and power. Surely can be aged, too.

Read more: https://screwcapped.com/the-best-wine-i-tasted-in-2022-wendouree-shiraz-2019/
Red
4/17/2022 - Zoltán Németi Likes this wine:
95 points
This is something special. Some reduction funk, so intense and complex. Malbec wild berry fruit. Pinot-like and very firm. A new wave wine, different from all other Argentinian malbec I know and by far the most exciting I have ever tasted.
Red
4/17/2022 - Zoltán Németi Likes this wine:
92 points
Shows the house style. Old World restrain here, not a bit pinot-like. Silken texture. Wow.
Red
4/17/2022 - Zoltán Németi Likes this wine:
90 points
Quite different from most Argentinian malbec. Bordeaux-like in style, there is restrain, elegance here, and polishment and structure you would get from a French wine. A bit developed.
Red
4/17/2014 - Zoltán Németi wrote:
88 points
Very Old World. Earthy with brigth acidity and firm tannins, lightly extracted.
Red
Oaky yet quite savoury. Dark fruited, serious and has lots of personality. Very Old World, leaner in style, tight and quite tannic. I like it a lot.
Red
Some herbs. Sour red current and ripe black fruits, there is a New World precision here. Good drive, it's more delicate than your usual malbec from Argentina.
Red
4/17/2022 - Zoltán Németi Likes this wine:
88 points
So cool climate in style that it's lean, a tad green and resembles to an Eger red (Northeastern Hungary). Just a tad funky, not in a bad way. Light for a malbec and feels very European, very savoury with natural tannins. Very interesting.
Red
4/17/2022 - Zoltán Németi wrote:
88 points
Starting to mellow and shows developed aromas. A full-bodied, generous New World red which softened enough now so that it's not overblown.
Red
4/17/2022 - Zoltán Németi Likes this wine:
91 points
Nutmeg oak is in the forefront, but it's still an exciting wine. Complex and sophisticated, not forced at all.
Red
4/17/2022 - Zoltán Németi Likes this wine:
88 points
Savoury, nice, oak is not too sweet and doesn't hide the fruits. Smooth and quite vivid, not over-extracted. Very good.
Red
11/1/2022 - Zoltán Németi Likes this wine:
90 points
Pretty much Bordeaux in style. In a recent blind tasting of the variety this looked like a cabernet. Perhaps not what I expect from a blaufrankisch, but it’s great at it. Quite extracted, but polished and elegant as well. Dark on the nose with expensive oak notes, allspice and nutmeg well integrated. Dense and full-bodied, the concentration is top shelf, just as the level of refinement. A serious wine built to last, as tannic as many Bordeaux, which is at least surprising – in a way this tastes like a French wine (which is rarely a bad thing). Outstanding.

Read more: https://screwcapped.com/outstanding-blaufrankisch-kollwentz-leithakalk-2017/
Red
12/29/2022 - Zoltán Németi Likes this wine:
86 points
Classic Burgundy, even though it’s made of gamay. It doesn’t taste like a Beaujolais at all. Perfumed, delicate and bone dry, has the finesse one expects from the region. Pretty cherry notes, good intensity. Hardly medium-bodied, tight with lively acidity and balanced tannins. Not complex but quite pretty and just spot on. (Tasted a year ago, too, with similar impressions)
Red
Ruined by bubble gum and banana aromas, smells industrial. Palate is very nice actually, but the nose...
Red
This has the depth of a good Beajolais Nouveau, i.e. it’s far beyond the simple ones. Vivid on the palate, the whole bunches give an extra dimension to the texture, it’s bright and juicy, yet firmly tannic. But the aromatics are unattractive, candied, full of bubble gums. It just smells artificial and hence misses the mark.

Read more: https://screwcapped.com/supermarket-wines-georges-duboeuf-beaujolais-nouveau-2022/
Red
12/1/2022 - Zoltán Németi Likes this wine:
90 points
This is an outstanding Hungarian kékfrankos. It might be even the best currently. Shows the regional character and the variety, too. Generous with the oak just supporting the ripe mulberry fruits. Round and plush on the palate while still having the brightness of the variety, it doesn’t try to imitate a cabernet. A complex, well-made wine. Drink now or until 2026.

Read more: https://screwcapped.com/standout-kekfrankos-takler-szenta-hegyi-2018/
Red
11/1/2022 - Zoltán Németi wrote:
87 points
A nod to Barossa shiraz here – ripe and a bit hedonistic. Dark on the nose with smoky, bacon notes, good depth and something that evokes Australia, perhaps some US oak? Lots of concentration on the palate, it’s serious stuff. Dry and savoury, with proper, firm tannins, but finishes hot. A good one regarding power, but somewhat monolithic, lacking finesse and real typicity.

Read more: https://screwcapped.com/caves-de-tain-saint-joseph-nobles-rives-2019/
Red
11/1/2022 - Zoltán Németi Likes this wine:
90 points
Made with whole bunches, which is still a new thing in Hungary. I have never tasted a kadarka like this before. It’s like a great Beaujolais Cru. Savoury, intense and finessed, so pure – no oak in sight. Red currents, cherries and rosehips on the nose and palate, and while fragile and delicate as usual for the variety, it’s actually tight and firm, too, the stems adding great tannic structure to it. So vivid, with nice crisp acidity. And it just has more depth than what you get in kadarka. A grown up, amazing wine. Drink now.

Read more: https://screwcapped.com/wines-of-the-year-heimann-kadarka-2021/
Red
2015 2HA Courage Badacsonyi Red Blend
11/9/2021 - Zoltán Németi Likes this wine:
93 points
Lots of new oak, but very high quality and quite unique in character. Nutmeg-like. Complex and intense on the nose, but only medium-bodied. Gains a lot from oak, but it works, it's quite lovely. Great acidity, perfect balance, it's rather Burgundy-like in style. Definitely not forced, graceful. A refined, great wine with lots of personality.
Red
2015 2HA Tabunello Badacsonyi Sangiovese (view label images)
11/9/2021 - Zoltán Németi Likes this wine:
91 points
Probably my favourite Hungarian top red (from the 25-30 Euros range). Developed nicely, harmonious now, drinks so well, and has complexity as well. Unforced, loosely knit, driven by great acidity. So well balanced, only medium-bodied, alcohol is moderate. Framed by the perfect amount of tannins, so well-measured. Lovely classical Old World style, savoury and effortless. Ready now.
Red
2018 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Bolgheri Sassicaia Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/9/2021 - Zoltán Németi Likes this wine:
92 points
A serious wine, but seems overrated to me. Ripe, dark on nose. Some mint, interestingly. Smooth, refined and dense on the palate, not over-extracted at all, despite its depth and concentration. Surprisingly crisp acidity and quite firm tannins. Italian for sure, not that cabernet-like. A bit international in style.
Red
11/9/2021 - Zoltán Németi wrote:
87 points
Very New World. Lots of new oak and sweetness, coke aromas. Very concentrated but lacks character. Only for the lovers of the style.
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