Name of varietal: Furmint

Common synonyms: Most common are Sipon, Mosler, Moslavac Bijeli and Zapfner with dozens more derivations of those spellings.

Parentage of the grape: indigenous to either Hungary or Italy

History of the grape: Exact details of Furmint’s origins are a bit murky. It is known that Hungarian King Bela IV ordered the planting of Furmint after most of the country’s vineyards were devastated by the Mongolian invasion in the 13th century. Whether the grape originated there before or was brought over from northern Italy during this mass replanting is unclear. The name of the grape derives from the word “froment,” part of the Latin “fromentum,” meaning “wheat,” (referring to its golden-tan color). What we know for sure is this is the primary blending grape of the spectacular Hungarian dessert wine, Tokaji (along with a small percentage of Harslevelue and sometimes Muscat). Its thin skins make it highly susceptible to Botrytis cinerea Read more »

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  • Chateau Megyer Furmint Tokaji 2013


    Very neutral on the nose. I detect practically nothing. Light on the tonguesome stone fruit flavors but almost undetectable. Some fruit returns at the back of the palate. In between there is almost a saline taste. Very light bodied. If it had a bit more acid, I would, at least, call it refreshing. Not an expensive wine. So, there is no... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Hi everyone, This thread is dedicated to your thoughts about the wines of Lodi, more specifically for those who attend next week's virtual tasting. Here is a link to the virtual tasting page:http://www.snooth.com/virtual-tasting/video/lodi-presents-1/The tasting will take place next Wednesday, June 3rd, at 8:30pm Eastern/5:30pm Pacific.         ... Read More

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  • Mark, the Furrmint sounds nice but different than the Tokaji Furmint Sec that I had a while ago. The Hungarian wine was more on the honey/apricot side of things. I think it would be fun to do these two side by side. When we visited Limerick Lane last month all they had open were four reds, would have been nice to try that white. Any other intere... Read More

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  • Limerick Lane arrived, today. Previously, I have had one Furmint, ever, and I've never had a Harslevelu.  So, I really could not say if this one definitively represents either the grapes.  I will say that this is a very good, easy-to-drink, refreshing wine.  Very light--both in body and in flavor.  Subtle fruit flavor of green apple with nice ac... Read More

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  • Limerick Lane Russian River Valley Furmint/Harslevelu 2014


    Fairly pale yellow color. Fresh apple aroma. Quite light on initial taste. ... ... experience with either Furmint- or Harselevu-based wines to judge whether this one distinctively represents the grape Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Mark, the CFO and I did a tasting at LL week ago Monday (with OT). It was the ... didn't get to try the furmint, which I'm sure I would have enjoyed, would love to hear your take on it when you get around to popping that cor Read More

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  • Yesterday:-- Limerick Lane2014 Furmint2013 Petite Sirah2012 "Hail Mary" (94% Syrah/6% Grenache)2012 Bedrock VIneyard ZinfandelI recall that about a month ago Rex did not care for his LL.  My first experience was amazing, and, so, I am continuing the research.Today:-- Quivet2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon2013 Pellet Vineyard CS2013 Kennefick ... Read More

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  • Fox, I would add in Harslevelu and Riesling to the Furmint and Chenin tasting. Supposedly, Harslevelu is a mix of Riesling and Chenin and from that bottle Greg brought, I'd say that's a pretty good description. Read More

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  • Greg, if you do the Furmint v. Chenin test, I want to be there.  I like my whites so high in acid that most people wouldn't really find it enjoyable.  And those are two of my favorites.  I've had a little Tokaji (including that crazy Essencia with you and JD at Snooth HQ), but I've had plenty of dry Furmint and I really liked it.  Of  course, I ... Read More

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  • Great to get more discussion, well done VV. I'll try to grab some dry furmint myself and post. Read More

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