Bulls Blood Case Special
2009 Arpad Bull's Blood Reserva
Try it and you'll see why it was an easy choice for our Daily Drinker Special. To be enjoyed as such (immediately!) or savored for years to come.
About HillCrest's 2009 Bull's Blood Arpad Reserva
Our 2009 classic Bull's Blood was inspired by a trip to Hungary with a good friend, Gabor Palotai - the father of Oregon Bull's Blood. LIke it's Hungarian ancestor, our Bull's Blood is a deep blend of three of the traditional reds. Our 2009 Arpad features HillCrest's domestic Umpqua Valley-grown Pinot, Cabernet and Tempranillo.
Seven years in the making, our 2009 vintage spent three years in Barrel, two years in tank and two years in bottle, giving this wine the best flavors of our great hillside fruit with the bouquet or a mature wine.
Many of you may have come across this colorfully named wine from Hungary before but may not know the equally colorful history behind this blend. Egri Bikaver, which translates as "bull's blood from Eger" (Eger is the region in Hungary where this wine originates), is a blend of multiple grapes. The blend has varied over the years, and although the blend is anchored by the ancient Kékfrankos variety, it can be a three-part blend of any of the following 13 different grapes:
Bíbor kadarka, Blauburger, Cabernet franc, Cabernet sauvignon, Kadarka, Kékfrankos, Kékoportó, Menoire, Merlot, Pinot noir, Syrah, Turán, Zweigelt.
As for the name...legend suggests the origin comes from an event in 1552 Eger, the town and region where the wine is produced. During a Turkish siege of the city, the Hungarian troops were fed local food and wine, including the red wine from nearby vineyards. Rumor spread that the dark red wine was mixed with bulls' blood to give the soldiers strength. Indeed, this small band of defenders successfully fought back a much larger Turkish army, and Eger was temporarily saved.