Kadarka is Hungary’s lightest red grape variety, leading some to compare it to Pinot Noir. Like Pinot Noir, it is also known for requiring a lot of work in the vineyard. Even though Kadarka most likely originated in the Balkans, it is proudly considered to be a Hungarikum, and there is growing interest in rediscovering local treasures like Kadarka. Classic Kadarka typically has characteristics of vibrant crunchy red fruit like sour cherry, raspberry, and cranberry; smooth tannins and racy acidity; and a good dose of spice, and perhaps some floral notes. This version from the Tóth Ferenc Winery in Eger is light and spicy, and is a great companion of chicken stews and pastas. In Hungary Kadarka is often paired with paprika-spiced dishes. This wine was aged in 2,000 liter oak barrels from eleven months before bottling.