Ever had wine from the Republic of Georgia? While this widely recognized as the birthplace of winemaking, until recently, the wines were seldom seen in the US market. Thanks to Blue Danube Wine Company, these wines are now available for your drinking pleasure. We are thrilled to feature delicious obscurities from both Georgia and Hungary, led by our Blue Danube Wine representative, Norbert Borbely.
We will be pouring:
2015 Tornai Juhfark Premium 2015 Somló, Hungary $18
Age-worthy, its minerality supports the typicity given by the terroir. In 2015, the wine is
a blend of stainless steel and oak aged Juhfark. It shows overripe aromas on the nose,
underlined by stony notes. Very complex on the palate with a vibrant and round acidity, it's a serious wine. Long finish with plenty of excitement.
2014 Samuel Tinon Birtok Furmint Tokaj, Hungary $25
“Birtok” roughly translates to “domain” and allows various vineyards to be blended together. For Samuel Tinon, this means pulling from the famed Határi vineyard near the village of Olaszliszka and off of the dense loess slopes of Mt. Tokaj above the village of Tokaj. Blending these two sites yields an intensely unique Furmint. The fruit is ripe, the acids are high and there’s plenty of structure to create a pungent balance. It’s like taking the weight and creamy texture of Chenin Blanc and the acidic edge and stony fruit of Riesling and mashing them together with smoke and salt. Drink it as an aperitif or with simple meals, veggies, white meats, curry, dry cheese or green salad.
2013 Gotsa Family Wines Mtsvane Kartli, Georgia $30
Fermented and aged in temperature-controlled qvevri, this deeply colored golden
Mtsvane is as structured as it is sumptuous. Rose scents and roasted orange fruit fill in
the wine's dense weave of tannins and acidity, while warm spice notes accent its warm giving savor. The combination of strength and finesse, oxidation and freshness give it exceptional flexibility at the table: during the course of a week, it matched everything from sautéed fish to chicken mole tamales and takeout Chinese.
2015 doqi Saperavi Kakheti, Georgia $16
The Saperavi grape, unique in Georgia, produces wines that are full-bodied and
complex. This bright and spicy Saperavi comes from vineyards nestled around the village of Napareuli, high in the foothills of the Caucasus mountains. It is aged in a combination of stainless steel and in French oak barriques for 12 months.
2012 J&J Eger Winery Eged Hegy Kékfrankos Eger, Hungary $26
Harmonious, layered, and age worthy, the wines of J&J Eger Wine Company have the
potential to be legendary. Still very much in its youth, it is a deep garnet hued wine with
a perfume that leaps from the glass. Complex aromas of cranberry sandalwood and
rose hips contrast its not so subtle minerality. Though grown in limestone it smells of
granite. Rich without being overripe, the structured and savory almost herbal nature of
the variety and its fresh acidity make this wine versatile for the table as well. Pair with
herbed pheasant, lamb, pungent creamy cheeses and whole grain based dishes like
barley or faro. For the authentic experience try Dr. Stumpf’s recommendation of wild venison sausage.
Taste all five wines for just $10 per person. As always, wine club members are allowed one free tasting.