The Late Night Paper Pusher
Late one night this week I found myself wanting to do some shop work, but not craving any ol' beer or wine. I had open, from the holiday tasting season, the remnants of a 3 Puttonyos Tokaji and quite frankly, it fit the bill! Refreshing enough with zippy acid to keep me engaged, sweet enough to satisfy my sweet tooth, worldly in nature to make me feel special and alcoholic enough to calm the Inner Beast.
A product of Hungary, this is a wine made with botrytis fruit - often referred to as "noble rot" because the botrytis elevates the sugar content of the grapes allowing for the production of sweeter wines. The Oremis cellar is also very cool and moist, about 50 f and 95% humidity. The mold that grows in the cellar protects the cast from drying out and I believe helps to impart a flavor to the wine that supports the botrytis profile. So, in this wine that is sweet, tart and alcoholic, there is also this underlying earthy quality that lies some where between umami and good ol' funky mushroom. This is a wine declared "the wine of kings and the king of wines" as its reputation proceeds many European estate dinners. Try it with pate', ripened cheeses, dried apricots or all alone, late at night while pushing some papers around your office!