Ferenc Toth is a pioneering winemaker in the Eger region. Born in 1939 in the Eger town, Feri Bacsi (‘Uncle Feri,’ as everybody calls him) blended his first Bikavér (Bull’s Blood) wine when he was just 16 years old, under the supervision of his uncle. He didn’t start working with wine right away because needed a secure job—instead he worked in construction. In 1983 him and his wife, Marika, decided to both quit their jobs to follow their hearts and work full-time with wine. That was a very bold move at the time. They started with just 1.5 hectares of vineyards. Now, the winery works out of more than 30 hectares. In 2005 his daughter Katalin took control of the winery, making this a second-generation winery. This is the first Grand Superior level Egri Bikavér which Feri Bacsi has produced. It’s a single-vineyard Bikavér blend, made with five different varieties: Kékfrankos, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Noir. Along with very strict yield control, each grape variety was fermented and aged separately before blending. The final blend was then aged in 500 and 2,000 liter new oak barrels for 16 months. All the grape varieties come from the same plot: the Tornyos vineyard. This plot has a long history, going back to the year 1241 when it was first mentioned. This wine is a pale garnet color, with intense floral and earthy aromas of violets, mushrooms, sweet tobacco, and cherry jam. It has rich and well-integrated tannins and acidity. Simply put, it’s delicious! One of the best Bikavérs we have tasted.