Disznókõ, Tokaj (Hungary) Kapi Vineyard Aszú 6 Puttonyos 2005

($165, Vintus):  Tokaj is one of the world’s great places for producing sweet wines.  To produce a sweet wine, winemakers there add over-ripe and shriveled grapes (Aszú) that may or may not have been attacked by botrytis or “noble rot” to the juice just before fermentation.  The level of sweetness, indicated by Puttonyos, with 6 being the sweetest, is determined by the amount of shriveled grapes added.  This one, from Disznókõ, one of the region’s top producers, comes from a single vineyard and is one of the most extraordinary sweet wines I’ve ever tasted.  It has everything–honeyed sweetness without a scintilla of cloyingness and riveting acidity that keeps it vibrant.  It seems to linger on the palate endlessly.  Expensive, yes, in a 500ml bottle.  But the combination of sweetness and freshness is magical. 98 Michael Apstein Jun 5, 2012