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    • Wine Spectator

      2002 tokaji OREMUS, ASZU, 5 PUTTONYOS
      Wine Spectator (2012): 93 points

      A rich sweetie, with spicy notes of candied citrus zest, incense and underbrush accenting the notes of dried apricot, date and peach preserves that drive along, as the chalky finish sails on. Drink now through 2022. 2,000 cases made.

    • Wine Spectator

      2002 tokaji OREMUS, ASZU, 6 PUTTONYOS
      Wine Spectator (2012): 93 points

      Fine and focused, with juicy dried apricot, passion fruit and candied orange zest notes giving way to hints of spice, saline and honey on the fruit-filled finish. Drink now through 2022. 1,000 cases made.

    • Wine Spectator

      2002 tokaji OREMUS, ESZENCIA
      Wine Spectator (2012): 97 points

      Syrupy, with layers of apricot compote, orange marmalade, wild herbs, spice and zesty passion fruit notes. Thick, rich and intensely sweet, but a well of acidity keeps this lively and fresh, as the fruit-filled finish lingers for a very long time. Drink now through 2040. 100 cases made

    • Wine Spectator

      2008 tokaji OREMUS, LATE HARVEST
      Wine Spectator (2012): 90 points

      Concentrated dried apricot, candied orange zest and lemon drop notes expand with layers of spice, flint and grapefruit pushing through the cream- and spice-tinged finish. Drink now through 2016. 3,000 cases made.

    • Wine Spectator

      2000 tokaji OREMUS, ESZENCIA
      Wine Spectator (2010): 98 points

      Smelling like fresh peach and apricot, this intensely concentrated dessert wine is thick and supple, picking up hints of orange and butter cookie as it plays out toward the finish. Offers great texture, and the sweetness is balanced by vibrant acidity. You can taste the soil on the finish. Drink now through 2040. 100 cases made.

    • Wine Spectator

      2006 tokaji OREMUS, FURMINT DRY MANDOLAS
      Wine Spectator (2010): 88 points

      The oak lends a veneer to this white, with flavors of bourbon and spice. There's a hint of citrus, with a crisp and salty finish. Furmint. Drink now through 2012. 5,000 cases made.

    • 2006 tokaji OREMUS, FURMINT DRY MANDOLAS
      Businessweek.com (2010): 5 Stars : "Wine of the Week"

      It’s dry, vigorous and crisp, a big, mouth-filling wine packed with the rich fruit flavors of pineapple and clove-studded pears, with this spicy, aromatic quality making it an ideal companion for Asian food.

    • Wine Spectator

      2006 tokaji OREMUS, LATE HARVEST
      Wine Spectator (2010): 91 points

      Clearly in the sweet camp, yet with apricot, lotus fruit and kumquat flavors beautifully delineated by the vibrant structure. Delivers fine balance and grace on the lingering finish. Drink now through 2020. 300 cases made.

    • Wine Spectator

      2000 tokaji OREMUS, ASZU, 5 PUTTONYOS
      Wine Spectator (2008): 92 points

      Losing a little flesh in lieu of structure, this is nonetheless concentrated and fresh. Peach, pear compote and floral aromas and flavors flow gracefully, picking up a mineral note on the long finish. Great for fresh fruit tarts. Drink now through 2025. 11,000 cases made.

    • Wine Spectator

      2000 tokaji OREMUS, ASZU, 6 PUTTONYOS
      Wine Spectator (2008): 92 points

      Opulent, with fragrant aromas and flavors of lexia raisin, dried fig and candied citrus peel. It's firm and vibrant, with a long finish, where it picks up a mineral accent. Drink now through 2028. 2,000 cases made

    • Wine Spectator

      2005 tokaji OREMUS, FURMINT DRY MANDOLAS
      Wine Spectator (2008): 85 points

      A hint of vanilla, clove and oak spice add dimension to this rich white. Fresh melon and white pepper are the flavors, with a crisp finish. Furmint. Drink now. 6,500 cases made.

    • Wine Spectator

      2004 tokaji OREMUS, LATE HARVEST
      Wine Spectator (2008): 90 points

      Rich and lightly sweet, with a touch of caramel, vanilla, honey and spice framing the apricot and passion fruit notes. It's smooth and balanced, with a touch of orange on the aftertaste. Drink now through 2015. 2,500 cases made.

    • Wine & Spirits

      1999 tokaji OREMUS, ASZU, 6 PUTTONYOS
      Wine & Spirits (2006): 91 points

      Botrytis flavors dominate this wine, smoky and honeyed with a pleasantly bitter burnt orange edge. Powerful acidity cuts through the density so that it doesn't feel heavy, but it will need years to reveal all the details hidden inside. Check on it in ten.

    • Wine Spectator

      1999 tokaji OREMUS, ASZU, 6 PUTTONYOS
      Wine Spectator (2004): 93 points : Outstanding

      There's enough flesh here to counterbalance the live-wire acidity.This creates a a fine backdrop for the honey, nectarine and pinepapple notes. Elegant and long, with a lemon candy aftertaste. Drink now through 2020.

    • Wine Spectator

      1999 tokaji OREMUS, ESZENCIA
      Wine Spectator (2006): 94 points

      Complex and bracing, with high acidity offsetting the intense sweetness. Dried apricot, lemon candy, caramel and tobacco notes prevail, meandering through the luscious texture. It's almost tart, yet comes back into balance on the long finish. Drink now through 2045. 208 cases made.

    • Wine Spectator

      2003 tokaji OREMUS, FURMINT DRY MANDOLAS
      Wine Spectator (2006): 87 points

      Fat, buttery and spicy, with plenty of tangy acidity underneath the fruit and oak to keep it lively. Good lingering finish. Grill some whitefish. Furmint. Drink now. 12,083 cases made.

    • 2003 tokaji OREMUS, FURMINT DRY MANDOLAS
      The Oregonian (2005):

      Now, here's a dry white wine different from likely anything you've ever had. The grape variety is furmint, which creates Hungary's famous dessert wine called Tokaj (pronounced toe-koy).

      There never was a tradition of making furmint into a dry white wine. But modern tastes prefer that style, and the area's ambitious winegrowers aim to please. Several versions of dry furmint are now available on these shores. And I tasted yet more when I visited the Tokaji zone a couple of years ago.

      This bottling from the Oremus winery is the hands-down winner. A medium-deep yellow gold in hue, it's a lush, thick-textured, utterly dry white wine with a prominent scent of almonds or marzipan, which follows through in taste, allied with a touch of honey and wildflowers. It pairs beautifully with chicken, turkey, pork or quite a few cheeses. This is a dry white wine very much worth seeking out [Matt Kramer]

    • Wine & Spirits

      2003 tokaji OREMUS, LATE HARVEST
      Wine & Spirits (2006): 90 points

      Made from superripe grapes, including 30 to 40 percent botrytized berries, this lighter Tokaji makes a good introduction and a more affordable alternative to aszú wines. It's as sweet and smooth as honey, with smoky notes of noble rot around the edges, yet youthful acidity keeps it lively, ending clean and fragrant.

    • Wine Spectator

      2002 tokaji OREMUS, LATE HARVEST
      Wine Spectator (2006): 92 points

      Age--and botrytis--has both mellowed and intensified this tasty Tokaji. Beeswax, leather, dried orange and apricot flavors mingle with the bright structure. Long and tangy on the finish. Think cheese or fresh fruit tarts. Drink now through 2012. 2,666 cases made.

    • Wine Enthusiast

      2002 tokaji OREMUS, LATE HARVEST
      Wine Enthusiast (2006): 89 points

      Buttery-gold and viscous, this wine offers earthy scents of vanilla and honeyed white fruits, developing more tropical fruit, honey and caramel on the palate. A medium-length finish with citrusy acidity rounds out the wine. Imported by Europvin.

    • 2002 tokaji OREMUS, FURMINT DRY MANDOLAS
      Washington Post (2005):

      Sweet wines from Tokaji are Hungary's best and most famous, but dry whites from the Furmint grape are destined for ever-wider notice. This shows subtle fruit and intriguing undertones of grilled nuts and wood smoke, with lovely mineral notes in the finish.

    • 2002 tokaji OREMUS, FURMINT DRY MANDOLAS
      New York Sun (Matt Kramer) (2004):

      "Wines to satisy all your holiday guests". This is the surprise white wine for Thanksgiving this year, a wine that wine fanciers will love (and likely will have never tasted) and that the occasional sippers will enjoy...A real world-beater of a white wine. It has a pale lemon yellow hue with a panoply of flavors including dried peaches, a hint of honey, apple, pear, and a touch of oak. What's more the texture is appealingly dense, with a noticeably rich, firm, mid-palate. It's like no other dry white wine on the planet and immensely attractive. The price is unbeatable for this level of quality.

    • Wine Spectator

      1999 tokaji OREMUS, ASZU, 3 PUTTONYOS
      Wine Spectator (2004): 89 points : Very Good

      Plenty of cinnamon and orange highlight this rich, firmly structured wine. The intense sweetness is balanced by lively acidity, with a lingering aftertaste of orange and vanilla. A tad rustic in the end. Drink now through 2012.

    • Wine Spectator

      1999 tokaji OREMUS, ASZU, 5 PUTTONYOS
      Wine Spectator (2004): 92 points : Outstanding

      Racy in style, this is full of lemon, orange and spice note, all kept lively by the zippy acidity. Very clean, focused and light to medium-bodied, with a mouth-watering finish. Drink now through 2020.

    • 1999 tokaji OREMUS, FURMINT DRY MANDOLAS
      New York Times (2001):

      Supporters of the fledgling ABC (anything but chardonnay) movement who seek complicated whites should try the 1999 furmint from Bodegas Oremus, a hungarian winery. Made from the furmint grape, this dry wine, ideally sipped near warm, offers a spectrum of exotic flavors.

    • Wine Spectator

      1994 tokaji OREMUS, ASZU, 5 PUTTONYOS
      Wine Spectator (2000): 91 Points

      Gorgeous. The orange marmalade, honey and nut aromas and flavors hang together beautifully on the racy structure. Wonderful concentration and intensity, with a long finish. Drink now through 2006.

    • Wine Enthusiast

      1993 tokaji OREMUS, ASZU, 5 PUTTONYOS
      Wine Enthusiast (1998): 97 Points; Superlative; Platinum Medal.

      "Bright golden orange. Moderately full-bodied. Balanced acidity. Moderately extracted. Peach, honey flavors; spicy, honeyed aromas. Not much development yet in the bouquet. Plenty of sweet, nectar-like flavor on the palate; rich in glycerine with a syrupy, lingering finish.

    • Decanter Magazine (England)

      1993 tokaji OREMUS, ASZU, 5 PUTTONYOS
      Decanter Magazine (England) (1998): * * *; Very Good; Recommended.

      "A rumbustuous nose, typical of the old-fashioned style. Wood and toasty aromas prominent and complemented by citrus, floral notes. Vigorous, powerful palate; fine orange flavours drive the wine forward; firm acidity supports beautifully. Smooth; elegant.' (NS)

    • Wine Spectator

      1989 tokaji OREMUS, ASZU, 5 PUTTONYOS
      Wine Spectator (1998): 90 Points; Outstanding.

      "An exciting dessert wine that exhibits more grace than power. Complex, showing mandarin orange, creme brulee and spice notes, with an underlying acidity that carries the flavors to a refreshing finish."

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      1975 tokaji OREMUS, ASZU, 5 PUTTONYOS
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (1998): One Star; "Especially Successful"

      "Sweet cherry and baked tomato aromas are a bit reminiscent of a liquorous pinot. Toasted nuts and caramel along with a resinous, smoky, high-toned note not unlikereally fine old Calvados - clearly a case of very attractive oxidation. Long smoky, nutty finish.

    • 1975 tokaji OREMUS, ASZU, 5 PUTTONYOS
      Robin Garr's Wine Lover's Page (1998):

      "Clear, bright amber/gold. Wonderful scent of clover honey, without a hint of the funky quality of many of the older Tokajis that preceded the fall of the Iron Curtain. Remarkably fresh on the palate. Honey and golden currants; rich sweetness nicely-structured with fresh-fruit acidity. (Robin Garr)

    • Wine Enthusiast

      1981 tokaji OREMUS, ASZU, 6 PUTTONYOS
      Wine Enthusiast (1998): 93 Points; Exceptional; Gold Medal.

      "Bright orange-gold. Full-bodied. Honey, brown spice and peach flavors. Good, spicy aromas lead to a thick, viscous mouthfeel with high sugar levels giving this an unctuous feel through the finish. Acids are balanced enough to make this very drinkable now, though patience will be rewarded with greater complexity.

    • Wine Spectator

      1981 tokaji OREMUS, ASZU, 6 PUTTONYOS
      Wine Spectator (1998): 91 Points; Outstanding.

      "Moderately sweet, showing lovely balance and freshness. The apricot, orange, honey and nut-like flavors are sublime, followed by a long, walnut finish. Well made."

    • 1981 tokaji OREMUS, ASZU, 6 PUTTONYOS
      Wine Vault (1998): 91 Points; Outstanding.

      "The six puttonyos is a huge step up from the five. Caramel in color, the nose on the six puttonyos is much more complex and nuanced, with scents of caramel, plenty of honey, tea leaves, apricots, grilled nuts and minerals. Deep, long and very complex on the palate, with a fine core of fruit, solid acids, and great grip on the finish. Serious juice. 1997-2008." (J. Gilman)

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      1972 tokaji OREMUS, ASZU, 6 PUTTONYOS
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (1998): One Star; "Especially Successful"

      "Aromas of caramel, old Calvados and furniture polish. Very creamy in the mouth, with flavours of caramelised apple and baked apricot. As with the 81, this finishes with surprising freshness and cut. Fresh citrus and caramelised pitted fruits in the finish.

    • 1972 tokaji OREMUS, ASZU, 6 PUTTONYOS
      Yak Shaya's Wine Pages (Israel) (1998): 18/20; Outstanding.

      "This bottle was everything one should look for in a mature Tokay. Extremely concentrated, deep and rich, sweet yet with enough (citric) acidity to make it feel fresh. Superb!!! Buy more? Yes.

    • 1975 tokaji OREMUS, ESZENCIA
      Wine Vault (1998): 97+ Points; Extraordinary.

      "A very, very rare bottling of nectar. The color is amber-brown, flecked with glints of gold and green. This made from the free-run juice found at the bottom of vats of botrytis-infected grapes awaiting pressing into a paste, to be blended into Tokaji wine for fermenting into the more familiar, numbered puttonyos bottlings. This "essence" takes years to ferment, and must be aged at least ten years prior to release. Its rarity ensures an extremely high pricetag, but at least the quality is commensurate. The magical nose offers up scents of molasses, creme caramel, tea leaves, intriguing herbal notes, minerals, and slices of orange-like citrus fruit. As delightful as the bouquet is, it does not prepare one for the fireworks on the palate! Very sweet and unctuous on the attack, with bracing, zesty acidity to keep the wine light and snappy on its feet, the finish is a long, cascading, seemingly endless wave of botrytized, honeyed fruit and zesty acids. Utterly profound! 1997-2097." (J. Gilman)

    • 1975 tokaji OREMUS, ESZENCIA
      Robin Garr's Wine Lover's Page (1998):

      "6% alcohol, 15 g/l acidity, 400 g/l (40%!) residual sugar. Brown red. Incredible nose : deep, cool, opening up in the raisiny way. Fantastically sweet on the palate. No oxidation; fresh and pure. (Robin Garr)

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      1975 tokaji OREMUS, ESZENCIA
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (1998): Two Asterisks

      "On a par with the very greatest sweet wines bottled in other classic wine regions".

      Black tea, plum preserves, toasted almoond and a smoky, pungent note of seaweed. Incredibly thick, oily and glyceral. Yet elegant, even bright, with citrus accenting the plum paste and honey. The finish has no superficial sweetness, just an amazingly complex mélange of dried fruits and nut and mineral essences.