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What does the word puttonyos refer to on the label of Tokaji Aszú?

A. The barrels used in the winemaking

B. The number of baskets used to gather some of the grapes

C. Puttonyos is the Hungarian word used for residual sugar

D. The name of the sub-region where grapes for Tokaji are grown

B.

The word puttonyos refers to the name of the basket in which the aszú grapes were traditionally gathered and is derived from the Hungarian word puttony . A puttony holds 44 to 55 pounds (20 to 25 kilograms) of grapes, equal to about 5.2 gallons (20 liters) of aszú paste. To make aszú paste shriveled aszú berries are picked by hand, berry by berry -not cluster by cluster- from botrytis-affected bunches and brought to the winery to be lightly crushed into this consistency. The amount of aszú paste added to base wines determines the sweetness level of the Tokaji wine. A 5-puttonyos Tokaji would have at least 12 to 15 percent residual sugar and be about as sweet and concentrated as a German beerenauslese.

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