Essencia, Tokaj – 2003 – 95 points, 100 Best Wines of the Year – Wine & Spirits
“Since December 2012, the editorial staff and critics at Wine & Spirits Magazine have tasted more than 12,500 bottles of wine. Of that, 3,440 were recommended by our critics and given a review. Only 100 of those wines are chosen to be the 100 Best Wines of the Year.
“This is surprisingly delicate for something so concentrated. It pours like warm honey, coating the tongue in a soft, silky blanket of flavor, all apricot and orange at first. As it warms in the mouth, notes of wildflower honey, orange blossoms and green tea emerge, a faint earthy flavor rumbling an octave below. At 2.23 percent alcohol and 511 grams of residual sugar per liter, it should pretty much live forever, a rarity to revel in by the teaspoon.”