Why Volcanic Wines Are Erupting in Popularity Right Now
VOLCANO: Szt. Tamás, part of the Telkibânya Volcanic Dome Field
WHAT TO KNOW: Much of Hungary’s surface is volcanic, and underground hot springs abound. The Telkibânya Volcanic Dome Field, which straddles the Slovakian border in the northeast, is responsible for the iron-rich soils in the country’s most renowned region, Tokaj-Hegyalja, the birthplace of sweet Tokaji wines and dry Furmint.
ONE TO TRY: Royal Tokaji Szt. Tamás Single Vineyard 6 Puttonyos Aszu First Growth 2013 ($136)
The Szt. Tamás hill is one of over 400 volcanoes that dot the region. This ethereal sweet wine is full on the palate, offering flavors of nectarine, orange marmalade and honeycomb, with brilliant acidity and a muscular, mineral core.
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