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Kiss Gábor, Enigma 2016
When it comes to red Hungarian wine, Villány is one of the premier districts. The district has made its name one big, rich red wines made from Cabernet Franc and other Bordeaux varieties. Villány is home to several larger wineries that kicked off the Hungarian wine quest for quality back in the 1990s including Bock, Tiffán’s, Gere Attila, Polgar, Gere Tamás & Zsolt, etc. There is an increasing number of small producers making a name for themselves as well.
Kiss Gábor is one of those producers.
He has a small parcel in Villány and grows Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Kékfrankos. The two top wines of Kiss Gábor are the ‘Code’ Villányi Franc (Cabernet Franc) and the ‘Enigma’ Villányi Merlot.
The Kiss Gábor Enigma is a 100% Villányi Merlot. There are notes of plum, black cherry, and cedar. On the palate, it’s surprisingly medium-bodied, not a bold bruiser like I would expect. More on the fruity side for a Merlot with soft tannins. People who want a massive, oaky red should look elsewhere.
Is it a concentrated, super-complex blockbuster? No.
Is it fun, well-made, and easy to drink? Yes.
Score: 90/100 (You can find out more about our scoring system on the WINE RATING page.)
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