2007 Roberta's Reserve State Lane Vineyard Kapcsandy Family Winery

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Average critic rating : 98.0 points



Nearly as extraordinary, and a wine that may turn out to be pure perfection in a few years is the 2007 Roberta’s Reserve State Lane Vineyard. Composed of 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc (only 100 cases produced), this dense purple-hued Merlot offers up an exotic nose of mocha, cocoa, orange blossoms, cassis, and cherries. Its elegance combined with tremendous substance, power, and richness is exhilarating. This compelling wine possesses an extraordinary deep mid-palate as well as aromatic fireworks. It can be drunk now, but it promises to be even better in 4-5 years, and last for three decades. ||This is a superb line-up of wines from Lou Kapcsandy, who emigrated from Hungary to set up a construction business in Seattle, which he gave up for his true love - making wines along with his wife, Bobbi, and son, Louis. They were fortunate to be able to purchase Beringer’s State Lane Vineyard in Yountville, and have it completely replanted by Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer. They then brought in Bordelais Denis Malbec to help produce the wines, which have gone from strength to strength. The 2006s are magnificent, but may be eclipsed by the 2007s.||Tel. (707) 948-3100; Fax (707) 948-3106 Wine Advocate.December, 2009

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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