Samuel Tinon Birtok Dry Tokaj Furmint 2014
Tinon is one of the top dry white wine producers in Hungary today. A french expat who relocated to Hungary in 1991 shortly after the Berlin Wall fell, Tinon was one of the first to re-commercialize wine production in the country after the end of communism.
Tokaj, located in the northeastern part of Hungary, lies on volcanic soils. The region, of course, is traditionally known as home to the aszu method of drying botrytis affected grapes that are then used to produce some of the greatest sweet wines in the world. Tinon makes these wines as anyone in Tokaj would. I think, however, Tinon’s dry wines to be best suited for local palates and cuisines.
I first tasted Tinon’s wines in San Francisco – the single vineyard Szent Tamas dry Furmint to be exact – and was totally blown away by the complexity, quaffability and balance of the wine. The Birtok is the entry-level blend from the domaine and so lacks the same complexity and density as the single vineyards, but still remains an outstanding wine that shows what the best versions of modern Furmint taste like: dry, citrus and yellow orchard fruits, minerally finish, but weighty on the mid-palate. It was a perfect pairing with summer vegetable risotto.
$41 + tax at BCLDB