Some Great Whites Tasted in an Unlikely Place
Posted: June 08, 2009
I was in Napa last February. My favorite winery visit was a place called Kapcsandy Family Winery. Louis produces some great Bordeaux varietals including the highest rated Merlot in American history. Look it up, it's a great wine. Louis also imports Bordeaux and Hungarian wines. We carry three of the Hungarian wines he imports by Grof Degenfeld. The Grof Degenfeld Furmint is a light, crisp and food friendly white. This is going to be my summer white wine of choice. It has a nose of tart pear, apple and citrus zest. In the mouth, it is thirst quenching and well balanced. This runs $15.99, and if you like Sauvignon Blanc or unoaked whites, make sure you try it. Next, the Grof Degenfeld Muscat has a nose of peaches, ripe melon and tropical fruit. There is some noticeable sweetness to this wine. It is well balanced, with bright acidity and a clean, fruity finish. You can pair this with lighter cuisine and spicy food. It's similar to a Riesling Spatlese and costs $18.99. Finally, the Grof Degenfeld Fortissimo is a wine that will please the sweet tooth. It is along the lines of an Icewine that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. It has an intense nose of apricot and honey. In the mouth, it is sweet, but not cloyingly sweet. This was an eye-opener. It's such a good dessert wine. Pair this with bleu cheese or a spice cake. This is on the shelf for $35.99 for a 500ml bottle. These are new to Binny's, and really exciting wines from Hungary. They are well made and taste a lot better than they cost.