This wine is part of the Monopole—all that jazz series. It’s a Bikavér (Bull’s Blood) which comes from two vineyards on the eastern side of the Eger region: Nyilasmár and Nagyfai. Both vineyards have a volcanic tuff soil that gives to the wine a rich and pure flavor profile. Bikavérs from Eger must be based on the Kékfrankos grape, and use at least four different grapes in the blend. The Rhapsody is a blend of Kékfrankos (42 percent), Pinot Noir (20 percent), Syrah (15 percent), Merlot (13 percent), and Cabernet Franc (9 percent). This wine is not only a blend of varieties, but also a blend of oak origins. The oak in the aging barrels is 60 percent French, 30 percent Hungarian, and 10 percent American—for a total of 20 months. A total of 20 percent of the barrels were new. The wine has rich and concentrated aromas of blackberries, plum, black cherry, sweet spices and tobacco. There are medium tannins, body, and acidity, It’s a great companion for meat-based pasta dishes, duck and mushrooms. The inspiration for the name, Rhapsody, comes from the great “Rhapsody in Blue” song—a mixture of jazz and classical music, played by a big orchestra. That is exactly what Kovács Nimród had in mind for this wine: an orchestra of flavors.