November 20, 2011 - Pale gold color. Citrus, baked apples, unripe pears and a hint of yeasty breadiness. Palate with lemon/lime, granny smith apples dominating from beginning to end. Finishes with a grapefruit bitterness intermingling with citrus and apples. A bit hot on the finish. Nice acids with some good weight. But somewhat simple and one note. Nice quaffer that went well with goat cheese mushroom cous cous with sund dried tomatoes. 13% abv.
January 20, 2011 - My final bottle of what has been a truly remarkable wine over the past 5 years. Brilliant rich golden color. Nose has faded since my last tasting two years ago, but still with honey and wild flower aromas. Palate shows less fruit and is more floral dominated with a significant increase in acidity. Medium-long finish. Definitely showing more of a tokaji character now than ever before. When first released it might have been hard to associate this with tokaji, but now the connection is unmistakable. Still quite good, but unquestionably starting to fade – drink any remaining bottles now.
December 12, 2009 - Sour apple, lemon peel, honeydew nose, over acidic but tasty.
August 27, 2009 - This wine surprised me with it's honeysickle and citrus notes. The sweet tokaji flavors are there without the sweetness. When I had this before there was a lot of grass and lemons to it, but the floral componants have really stepped up.
January 21, 2009 - Great deep golden color. An exciting floral and citrus nose. Tastes of lime, lemon, and peach. Medium-length finish which concentrates on the citrus acidity.
October 25, 2008 - Very interesting bottle. Dry, but not bone-dry. As noted by another CTer, you can taste (however distantly) a sweet Tokaji -- just the flavors, not the sweetness. I have on left, and just for the hell of it, I am going to let it sit for a while.
August 18, 2008 - An impressive find ... furmint can make outstanding dry wines as well as sweet Tokaji. The color was med. yellow/lemon with a med - nose of apples, flowers and petrol. On the palate, the wine was med-bodied with good viscosity and pure notes of apples, apricot/peach and petrol. The acid and alcohol were perfectly balanced with the juicy core of fruit. Reminded me of a dry Alsace Riesling of Rhone white. Good!
August 6, 2008 - This is some interesting stuff. I served it blind to a friend who had previously expressed doubts about the concept of Dry Tokaji, he guessed so many different grapes and in a way was right every time. It's like mixing White Burg, Sancerre, Pinot Blanc, and Sweet Tokaji without the sweetness (the nose is a dead ringer once it opens. Very grassy/hay, lots of minerals, a creamy Chard-like mouthfeel with even a hint of butter. The fruit is restrained, but present after the wine opens up. This is seriously good juice, I'd love to drink it again.
May 28, 2008 - Had with ham risotto for dinner.
Nose: Nice hints of apple and pear
Pallet: Tarty apple. Very nice crisp tart. Tarter than a NZ Sauv Blanc without the fruitiness.
Legs: Not much to speak of - maybe 10 seconds of green apple? Sweeter than the pallet - nice!
Overall - a good cheap white wine alternative. Nowhere near the high end Chardonnays, but then, it's not trying to be either!
March 1, 2008 - Excellent! While the Furmint grape is best known for its role in Hungary’s excellent Tokaji dessert wines, it also provides a remarkably drinkable single-varietal dry wine. I fell in love with Furmint during my first trip to Hungary in 2004, and still find it to be one of the boldest dry whites available. Pale yellow color, with a hugely expressive nose of honey and wild flowers. Flavors of pear with a hint of lemon citrus on the palate, but this is not a fruit-dominated wine. Medium-long finish. Tons of acidity and superbly balanced. I enjoyed on its own, but the food pairing seems both more practical and exciting. This heady, full-bodied, white seems to have a character evocative of the Hungarian plight. The 2005 is currently drinking nicely, which is not too surprising as I’ve found Furmints can carry up to five years of age quite well. Fantastic stuff!