Researching my next LocalFlavor article, I tried last night:
1. Evolucio Tokaj Furmint (12.5%; www.BotiqueWines.info) 2011
: Pale yellow color; rather stony/mineral slight honeyed/mead rather spicy/carnations attractive nose; quite tart/lean/bit eviscerated rather metallic/tangy/grapefruity/mineral slight floral/carnations flavor; med.short tart/lean/bit thin some stony/chalky/mineral/metallic very light floral/carnations/dandelions finish; a pleasant enough nose but a bit thin on the palate; reasonably priced at $13.50 (KK)
2. Weninger Kekfrankos Sopron (13%; www.Weninger.com; www.CircoVino.com) Balf/Hungary 2008
: Dark color; some plummy/blueberry/licorice rather earthy/loamy/root cellar/wet pavement pretty classic Blaufrankish nose; soft slight encilly/oak rather dusty/earthy/loamy some plummy/blueberry/RCCola bit bretty/barnyardy flavor w/ slight tannic bite; med.long rather earthy/loamy/dusty/root cellar light blueberry/plummy/licorice somewhat rustic finish w/ light tannic bite; rather typical Blaufrankish; bit pricey at $25.50 (KK)
And a wee BloodyPulpit:
1. Kekfrankos: This is the Hungarian name for Blaufrankish, also known as Lemberger; a cross between GouaisBlanc X GamayNoir. One of its descendents is StLaurent, in Austria. That GouaisBlanc was one hot chick who got around...she was the mother of a bunch of famous varieties.
I read from the back label that: "Its ability to reflect the soil in taste makes it a great variety". Say whot?? We all know that PinotNoir..errrr...Nebbiolo...errrrr...Riesling...errrrr, according to Heimhoff, Cabernet....is the variety that best reflects terroir. Now it's Kekfrankos?? I;m confused.
This wine reflects the earthy/loamy taste that is so strong in Blaufrankish. I think WashStat (Lemberger) does better w/ this grape.