When you think Cabernet Sauvignon, chances are that the places that come to mind are Bordeaux and California. If you're a little more adventurous maybe Chile or even Tuscany. When you think about Hungary and wine, you probably either don't think about anything at all or you think about wines from the Tokaj region. Surprisingly there is quite a variety of wines from this small country in Eastern Europe, and many of them are quite good. The problem over the years has been that many of the good wines weren't making their way out of Hungary for the rest of the world to taste and enjoy. Finally that is starting to change a little bit and some of the interesting and outstanding wines of Hungary are making their way into the United State and other markets.
Today's subject is a Cabernet Sauvignon from the Gere Attila winery in the Villany region of Southern Hungary. This region, which I had the pleasure of visiting a few years ago, is Hungary's version of Bordeaux. Similar in latitude and climate, it produces some excellent wines from a few of the classic Bordeaux varietals - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. This offering is no exception. In your glass the wine is intense ruby red in color with just a hint of rust at the edges. The nose brings blackberry and cassis and smells like a classic old world Cabernet. In your mouth you get some more of the blackberry and cassis, but very dark black cherry flavor dominates. The tannins were present but mild after pouring through a Vinturi aerator and swirling in glass for 5 minutes. The dark fruit flavors lingered pleasantly for quite awhile on my palate.
Overall this is a very nice Cabernet from Southern Hungary. For a price tag in the low to mid $20's it also represents a very nice value. This wine will pair nicely with grilled beef or game and would also pair very well with some authentic Hungarian dishes. If you are interested in learning more about or buying Hungarian wines, I highly recommend checking out the Blue Danube Wine Company at http://www.bluedanubewine.com/