Wednesday, June 18, 2014

WineStudio: Hungary and Slovenia with Old World Vines

WineStudio the last few weeks has been all about the wines of Hungary and Slovenia, hosted by Katy Bendel Daniels of Old World Vines. For her, it all started with a trip to Central Europe, where she fell in love with the wines, the people and the cultures throughout the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Croatia and Hungary. Through her eyes, we've taken an overall look into Hungary and Slovenia, tasted wines from both countries, and will wrap up next week with a look at tourism, cuisines, and planning the perfect trip. It's been a great pleasure to learn more about these winemaking regions and a bigger surprise at the quality and taste of the wines themselves. Definitely worth searching out!

Hungary and Slovenia with Old World Vines

Hungary:

Bock Kékfrankos 2011
Grapes from the Black Mountain Vineyard in Villány, Hungary; deep purple in color with lighter edges; earth, dark fruit, smoke, and floral aromas; tart dark berries, spice, leather, cedar, and vanilla flavors; medium body with a tart finish; 13% ABV; cork closure; SRP $23.
2011 Király dűlő Furmint
Single vineyard selection; fermented and aged in Hungarian oak barrels; golden color; stony, subtle tropical, and stone fruit flavors; stone fruit, lemon, mineral, and vanilla flavors; medium body and a lingering mouthfeel 13% ABV; cork closure; SRP $32.
Slovenia:

Vino Kupljen 2011 Muškat Rumeni
Glowing golden yellow; melon, honey, floral, and lemon aromas; stone fruit, honey, starfruit, and lemon flavors; sweet but balanced with great acidity; slight effervescence, round mouthfeel with into a smooth, lemony finish; vinified in stainless steel; % ABV; twist-off closure; SRP $25.
Erzetič Rebula 2011
Light straw, very clear color; lemon, white flower, and subtle green apple aromas; unripe apricot, green apple, hint of honey, and lemon flavors; pleasant mouthfeel with good acidity, nicely balanced wine with a lingering finish; vinified in stainless steel; 12.5% ABV; cork closure; 830 cases produced; SRP $24.
WineStudio, an online twitter-based educational program, is Tuesday nights, at 6 PM PT/8 PM ET - join us not just this week but every week to learn about interesting regions, wineries, and personalities in the industry. The schedule can be found on the Protocol Wine Studio website.

These wines were provided for tasting purposes - all opinions are my own.

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