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Six different grapes may be used to make the sweet Tokaji Aszu, but Furmint is the most important, accounting for 60% of the plantings.
Now you can try this grape on its own in a dry wine. In 2003 the Royal Tokaji company, which makes the sweet Tokaji Aszu, began producing a dry white wine made with 100% Furmint.
The 2011 dry Furmint has aromas of minerals and lemon, vegetal aromas, and a bit of something spicy and earthy. On the palate it's dry, with high acid, and flavors which generally match the aromas. There's also a hint of honey. It has medium body, noticeable oak influence, and 14% alcohol.
This dry Furmint reminds me of a cross between a Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc (or Fume Blanc). It's a good wine, if slightly hot on the finish. Chill it well. I found it at Costco for $11, which makes it a great bargain both as a wine to enjoy and as an unusual experience with a largely unknown grape in an even more unknown style.
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