Royal Tokaji

Tokaj, Hungary

Red Label, 5 Puttonyos, Tokaj – 1999

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  • Introduction

    • Second growth
      5 puttonyos

      Only five vintages of the Royal Tokaji Red Label have been produced since its premier release of the 1990 vintage. Since then, the Red Label has been made in 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996 and 1999. This wine is a blend of carefully selected grapes from several of Royal Tokaji’s vineyards.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Tokaj
  • Vintage Report

    • There were two hailstorms in the Tokaji region in August; as a result, the remaining grapes developed great intensity and concentration. The grapes were picked in perfect weather conditions during late September and early October.

  • Vinification

    • Barrel Aging: 4 years
    • Bottled: July 2003
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: Furmint, Hárslevelú, Muscat
    • Cases Imported: 3,546
    • Imported Case Pack: 6/500ml
    • Alcohol: 11.2%
    • TA: 12.9g/L
    • RS: 163g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • The 1999 Royal Tokaji Red Label is a deliciously rich, golden-orange colored wine. It exhibits aromas of botrytis (an earthy, fresh mushroom aroma), followed by hints of tropical fruit, lemon, orange and apricot. On the palate, there are also tropical fruit flavors mixed with characteristic orange-peel and quince flavors. This is well-balanced wine with a long finish. It is ready to drink now or can be set aside to enjoy in the future.

    • Serving Suggestions: Serve slightly chilled (50-54°F) in a small port glass or a glass of similar size (there are approximately eight two-ounce servings per 500ml bottle). Tokaji Aszú wines are wonderful on their own as an apéritif or as a digestif, with cigars and petits fours. These wines also pair well with a wide variety of foods, including foie gras, fruit tarts, chocolate desserts and blue and soft cheeses.

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  • Red Label, 5 Puttonyos, Tokaj – 1999 – Very Good – Chicago Tribune

    "Hungary's tokay wine is world-renowned, hence the Latin motto on this label proclaiming 'wine of kings, king of wines.' The wine had a warm, honeyed fruit flavor...."

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