On the rise – Heimann Kékfrankos 2017

I’m no longer in the habit of trying to make bold hypotheses about the potential quality of a given vintage by carefully monitoring the developments of the vegetation in our garden but the Hungarian reds I have tasted so far clearly suggest that 2017 is a year when premium reds might once again merit attention. This may also be the year when the run of mediocre vintages in Szekszárd had finally come to an end. “On the rise – Heimann Kékfrankos 2017” A teljes bejegyzés megtekintése

Discover Hungarian Wine: A Visitor-Friendly Guide – new book on Hungarian wine

Visiting French wine regions? Tons of books are out there to help you. What if you are about to explore the uncovered part of the wine world, like Croatia or Hungary? Here is a helping hand: let me introduce you Exotic Wine Travel and the latest addition to their Visitor-Friendly Guide series, “Discover Hungarian Wine”. I caught up with Matthew Horkey, one of the two authors, to learn about the book and the motivation behind it. “Discover Hungarian Wine: A Visitor-Friendly Guide – new book on Hungarian wine” A teljes bejegyzés megtekintése

Soulless – Gere A. Syrah 2017

When I first tried to rationalize my impression of this wine being an empty shell, I thought either terroir or concept must have gone AWOL. Then I thought maybe none of them are missing, it’s just that they are both nondescript. All this belated and awkward rationalization was a consequence of my left hemisphere trying to come to terms with the fact that for the very first time the word ’soulless’ has cropped up in my tasting notes. “Soulless – Gere A. Syrah 2017” A teljes bejegyzés megtekintése

Going for a song – Tornai Prémium Juhfark 2017

I’m as happy as the next guy to find a good wine with reasonable price. However once in a blue moon the wine is more than good and the price is less than reasonable and this is when my happiness gets laced with remorse: I feel sorry for the winemaker, as if the world has let him/her down by failing to appreciate their achievements. I feel like witnessing a mugging and then helping myself to the spoils left around. “Going for a song – Tornai Prémium Juhfark 2017” A teljes bejegyzés megtekintése

Controlled power – Laposa Furmint „Kőkövön” 2017

For all I know there may be better, bigger, more important furmints around but this is certainly the one I enjoyed the most in recent years. In fact I’m starting to believe that dry furmint has got the potential to stand up to the in-form second-tier whites of today (albarino, godello, vermentino, falanghina, carricante and the likes). “Controlled power – Laposa Furmint „Kőkövön” 2017” A teljes bejegyzés megtekintése

Joyous sensory overload – Case Paolin Asolo Prosecco Col Fondo

The intent is easy to understand, however the result is guaranteed to raise a few eyebrows. Col fondo might be labelled as the prosecco for those who dislike prosecco but I’m sure this kind of marketing would land it in the middle of nowhere. It is much more like a natural wine or even more so an orange sparkling wine. “Joyous sensory overload – Case Paolin Asolo Prosecco Col Fondo” A teljes bejegyzés megtekintése

Love at first sip – Chateau de Pibarnon

Stories sell wines, so they say. On hearing that I always hasten to add: stories sell the first bottle. The second one is a completely different matter and I consider buying that second bottle a much more significant decision with profound consequences. So no matter how good the story is if what’s in the bottle doesn’t back up the happy memories of your visit or the resonant history of the estate then it’s destined to fade into oblivion. But on a few occasions the place, the winemaker, the philosophy, the story and the wines all add up to a trajectory that catapults you to wine heaven. After tasting about a dozen different wines of Chateau de Pibarnon it is probably too early to say that this is a flame that’s going to burn for years but at this very moment it’s hard to imagine any other way. “Love at first sip – Chateau de Pibarnon” A teljes bejegyzés megtekintése

For real – Homonna Birtok Válogatás 2017

Favourable experiences with the vintage in Tokaj and more specifically with the 2017 Homonna Furmint-Hárslevelű piqued my curiosity and I was eager to find out what the more affordable little brother of the single vineyard bottlings was like. It’s never a good idea to make sweeping generalizations based on just one wine, or even worse, on just one bottle but whenever I fall into this trap I take heart from the fact that wine professionals base their judgements on a tablespoon of wine not even swallowed. Anyway, each time I returned to this wine my belief got firmer that this is the real Tokaj furmint. And I’m not going to take that back just because it is not even pure furmint. “For real – Homonna Birtok Válogatás 2017” A teljes bejegyzés megtekintése