2009 Estate Cuvee State Lane Vineyard Kapcsandy Family Winery

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Average critic rating : 95.0 points



The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Cuvee is pure, seamless and totally beautiful. Hints of chocolate, cloves and gingerbread appear on the nose, followed by rich, deep layers of fruit. There is a baritone-like expression in the 2009 that is striking. Sweet floral notes appear later, adding lift, vibrancy and freshness. In other words, all the elements are perfectly in balance. This is a gorgeous 2009. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029. ||Kapcsandy’s 2009s have developed beautifully over the last year. As great as those wines are, the 2010s are even better. The cold, late-ripening harvest produced stunning wines endowed with tons of energy and sheer power. The estate’s 2011s are equally impressive. I first tasted the 2011s this past spring when the component wines were still separate. I had an opportunity to sample multiple lots across various parcels and aged in barrels from different coopers. It was the kind of technical tasting I wish every Wine Advocate reader could experience at least once, because it is in these types of settings where the passion and attention to detail of an estate truly comes through loud and clear. There are also a few changes to the Kapcsandy lineup. Starting with 2011, the Estate Cuvee is no longer 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Lots that don’t make it into the Estate Cuvee are considered for Endre. With the 2010 vintage, Kapcsandy is introducing a new Proprietary Blend. In all of my travels throughout the world I have met few producers who can match Lou Kapcsandy’s passion and total dedication to excellence. Along with his son Louis and consulting winemaker Denis Malbec, Lou Kapcsandy continues to craft exceptional wines loaded with class and pedigree. Every wine in this lineup, from the newly expanded selection of roses, to the flagship reds and the fortified wine is well worth your time. Readers who want to learn more about Kapcsandy may want to take a look at my videos of the 2011 and 2012 harvest posted on our site.||Tel. (707) 948-3100 Wine Advocate.December, 2012

A family-owned winery based in Yountville at the southern end of Napa Valley, Kapcsandy is a name synonymous with quality and rarity, producing some of the best yet most difficult to source wines in California. Described by Robert Parker as “Nothing short of remarkable”, Kapcsandy produces between 2,500 and 4,000 cases of wine each year from their 15.5 acres of world class vineyards.

Originally the old Beringer State Line Vineyard, the Kapcsandy estate was purchased by the family in 2000 after phylloxera destroyed much of the original vineyard and it had to be stripped out and replanted. Today, it is renowned as one of the finest wine growing regions in Napa, planted with very tight spacing and a north/south exposure for an ideal growing season.

Chiefly concerned with Bordeaux varietals, Kapcsandy’s Estate Cuvee is composed of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (blended with minimal Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.) The Roberta’s Reserve, meanwhile, is a Pomerol-style blend containing approximately 90% Merlot, whilst the Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin State Lane Vineyard is a Medoc-style offering usually containing 85% or more Cabernet Sauvignon. Some deviation from the Bordeaux line can nonetheless be found across the range, including an aged white labelled Furmint, after the Hungarian grape that hails from the same country at the Kapcsandy family.

A Napa superstar, much of the minimal output is sold direct to those lucky enough to be on the mailing list and this leaves precious little available for the global market. Drawing praise from critics across the board, they are nonetheless wines to seek out wherever possible.

“World class wines… They seem to combine the best of French savoir faire with the extraordinary ripe, pure fruit grown in well-tended Napa Valley vineyards” – Parker

“In all of my travels throughout the world I have met few producers who can match Lou Kapcsandy’s passion and total dedication to excellence” – Galloni

“Perfectionist Lou Kapcsandy and his talented winemaker Denis Malbec may be making the most extraordinary wines in California today” - Tanzer

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