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This is really fascinating wine. If you've never tried a Samorodné (Szamorodni), I'd recommend it purely for educational purposes. This wine is produced in the Slovakian section of the Tokaj region. It is made from Botrytized grape bunches, removed of the rot-affected grapes. It retains a relatively high level of acidity, likely due to the use of Furmint, and is reminiscent of an Aszu-style wine in body and flavor, though totally dry. Smells like apricots with a slight saltiness, and in the mouth the flavors continue, where the wine is round and full-bodied with a notable oxidation--almost Sherry-like. Not terribly complex, but a whole lot better than I thought it would be! I'd give it an 87 with absolutely no point of reference. Not for everyone, but if you like Tokaji, or dry Sherry, give one a try.
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