Kapcsandy Family Winery Cabernet Sauvignon - Grand Vin | State Lane Vineyard 2017 / 750 ml.

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JD98+98+ pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - January 31, 2020
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin is another Bordeaux look-alike (Latour?) with its density, structure, and regal style. It offers blackcurrant, graphite, crushed rock, and lead pencil shaving aromas and flavors and is full-bodied, supple, and seamless on the palate, with building yet perfectly polished tannins. Showing the polished, elegant style of the estate, flawless balance, and a great, great finish, it’s going to keep for 30–40 years. (Jeb Dunnuck)
RP9696 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Oct 2020
This is the first year that Cabernet Sauvignon makes up 100% of the Grand Vin State Lane. Aged in French oak, 90% new, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin State Lane Vineyard slowly unfurls to reveal tantalizing notes of chocolate-covered cherries, wild blueberries and crème de cassis with nuances of pencil lead, bouquet garni, tree bark and crushed rocks plus a waft of iron ore. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated yet with fantastic tension, the palate has a firm backbone of grainy tannins to support throughout the long, mineral-tinged finish. 500 cases were made.
VN95+95+ pts. - Vinous - Jan 2020
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin is, for the first time, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. One of the more reticent wines in this range, the Grand Vin is also going to need a bit of time to shed some of its tannic heft. Cedar, leather and spice add gorgeous aromatic complexity. Rich, brooding and quite powerful, the 2017 offers a lot of potential but it is not especially forthcoming today; that should not be an issue in time. Clearly, the pure Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin is a bit of a stylistic departure from the past. All the 2017 needs is patience.

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JD98+ 98+ pts. / Jeb Dunnuck (January 31, 2020)

The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin is another Bordeaux look-alike (Latour?) with its density, structure, and regal style. It offers blackcurrant, graphite, crushed rock, and lead pencil shaving aromas and flavors and is full-bodied, supple, and seamless on the palate, with building yet perfectly polished tannins. Showing the polished, elegant style of the estate, flawless balance, and a great, great finish, it’s going to keep for 30–40 years. (Jeb Dunnuck)

RP96 96 pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (30th Oct 2020)

This is the first year that Cabernet Sauvignon makes up 100% of the Grand Vin State Lane. Aged in French oak, 90% new, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin State Lane Vineyard slowly unfurls to reveal tantalizing notes of chocolate-covered cherries, wild blueberries and crème de cassis with nuances of pencil lead, bouquet garni, tree bark and crushed rocks plus a waft of iron ore. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated yet with fantastic tension, the palate has a firm backbone of grainy tannins to support throughout the long, mineral-tinged finish. 500 cases were made.

VN95+ 95+ pts. / Vinous (Jan 2020)

The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin is, for the first time, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. One of the more reticent wines in this range, the Grand Vin is also going to need a bit of time to shed some of its tannic heft. Cedar, leather and spice add gorgeous aromatic complexity. Rich, brooding and quite powerful, the 2017 offers a lot of potential but it is not especially forthcoming today; that should not be an issue in time. Clearly, the pure Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin is a bit of a stylistic departure from the past. All the 2017 needs is patience.

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Napa Valley is California's -- and America's -- most famous and celebrated wine district. Located north of San Francisco, Napa Valley is most famous for its world-class Cabernets and Chardonnays. The region's acclaim officially took off following a 1976 tasting in Paris when renowned judges chose a Napa Chardonnay and Cabernet over top French wines made from the same grapes.

Most wineries in the region produce either a Chardonnay or a Cabernet, and usually it's both. Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel are also grown with success in Napa Valley. You'll likely recognize the names of some of the viticultural areas within Napa Valley, including St. Helena, Stag's Leap and Carneros.

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SKU 94719
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Kapcsándy Family Winery Cabernet Sauvignon - Grand Vin
Country United States
Region California
District Napa Valley
Product Location - Location-Appellation Yountville - Napa Valley
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 13.7%
Wine/Spirit Brand Kapcsándy Family Winery
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2017
Can it Be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Primary Grape Cabernet Sauvignon
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
Same Region, Same Vintage, Same Grape
WE9393 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 4/1/2022
From a selection of vineyard blocks across the producer’s high-elevation estate, this red wine opens in a strong tannin framework and earthy tones of crushed rock and dust. The palate brings additional notes of dried herb, cedar and currant as it evolves, showing plenty of ageworthy structure. Enjoy 2027–2032. (Virginie Boone)
RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 14th Jan 2021
Composed of 98.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1.5% Petit Verdot, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate was aged for 20 months in French oak barrels, 38% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, it delivers notes of warm cassis, baked plums and warm red currants with nuances of dried herbs, garrigue and pencil lead. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm, grainy texture supporting the generous black and red fruits with beautiful freshness, finishing long with a lively lift. 5,500 cases were made. (Lisa Perrotti-Brown)
JD9191 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 7/22/2021
The base appellation 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley shows the more elegant yet also tannic side to the vintage, giving up lots of red and black currant fruits, medium to full body, building, chewy yet ripe tannins, solid mid-palate depth, and outstanding length. This classic Alexander Valley Cabernet is going to benefit from 2–4 years of bottle age and keep for 15+. (Jeb Dunnuck)
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WS8888 pts. - Wine & Spirits - December 1, 2019
A high-toned acidity keeps this wine’s notes of ripe plum and fruit nectar in line and on point.
VN8787 pts. - Vinous - Sep 2019
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles Highlands District is a bold, pungent wine. Savory herbs, tobacco and cedar add a strong aromatic presence. Although a very good wine, the Cabernet is not quite as compelling as the other wines in the range, while the savory style is on the edge of being distractingly vegetal.
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JS9696 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, February 14, 2020
This is a beautiful wine with juicy fruit. Tile and iron undertones add an iodine note. Medium to full body and round tannins. Fresh and flavorful. Very pretty length and intensity. Hints of spice, stone and walnuts. Elegant and beautiful. Tight and structured. Drink or hold. Better after 2023.
VN9595 pts. - Vinous - Apr 2020
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Au Paradis, from Peter Michael’s parcel in the hills of Eastern Oakville, is one of the successes of this trying vintage. Red cherry jam, game, smoke, licorice, spice and incense all meld together effortlessly. This is an especially refined wine for a sector in Oakville that seems to lean more naturally towards power. The 2017 spent 18 months in Darnajou barrels, 50% new. I would prefer to cellar the 2017 for a few years, but if enjoyed young, several hours of aeration will do wonders.
SP9494 pts. - Wine Spectator - Nov 15, 2020
Juicy and winey, with a terrific core of ripe blackberry and warmed cassis flavors, laced with licorice root, sage and loam notes. Drives nicely through the finish, showing a touch of polish along the edges as the fruit ripples along. Best from 2022 through 2037. 1,450 cases made. (James Molesworth)
RP9494 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 13th Feb 2020
Composed of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Cabernet Franc coming from Oakville AVA, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Au Paradis reveals a deep garnet-purple color and charges out of the gate with expressive notes of warm cassis, plum preserves and wild blueberries with hints chocolate mint, candied violets, black loam, truffles and charcuterie. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers bags of juicy fruit with great freshness and solid, ripe, grainy tannins, finishing with laudable purity. 1,450 cases were made.
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JD9898 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 1/31/2020
A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Cabernet Franc from the redder iron soils in the center of the vineyard, the 2017 Tench Vineyard EE Red Wine is another incredible wine in this lineup. Deep purple/black-colored, with mineral-drenched notes of blackcurrants, ground herbs, earth, graphite, and crushed rocks, it has an “iron fist in a velvet glove” style on the palate, loads of tannins, good acidity, and a big finish. (Jeb Dunnuck)
RP9696 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 11th Feb 2021
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Proprietary Red EE Tench Vineyard (a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot) strolls out of the glass with nonchalant savory notes of beef drippings, sautéed herbs, pencil lead and tapenade with a core of warm cassis, black cherry compote and redcurrant jelly. Full-bodied, densely packed, serious and savory in the mouth, it has firm, chewy tannins and a lively, long finish. 1,451 cases were made.
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RP100100 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Jul 2021
Deep purple-black, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin State Lane Vineyard rockets out of the glass with intense notes of blackcurrant cordial, plum preserves and blueberry pie, plus hints of Chinese five spice, dusty soil, menthol, tar and black truffles, with a waft of roses. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is an exercise in poise, delivering layer upon layer of vibrant black and blue fruits with a rock-solid backbone of super ripe, grainy tannins and bold freshness, finishing long and just plain delicious. Pure, seemingly effortless, seamless perfection. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in 80% new French oak, the alcohol is a relatively modest 14.3%. 300 cases were made. (Lisa Perrotti-Brown)
JD98+98+ pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 12/21/2021
I always love this Cabernet from this team, and while it’s never the biggest or richest wine from the Valley, it always has a Château Lafite-like elegance and poise. The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, all from the estate vineyard, that was raised in 80% new French oak. Beautiful, classic notes of crème de cassis, freshly sharpened pencils, tobacco, violets, and Asian spices dominate the bouquet, and it’s medium to full-bodied, with flawless balance, wonderfully integrated tannins and acidity, and just a beautiful, seamless, regal style that’s something to behold. It’s going to benefit from 4–6 years of bottle age, and I suspect it will still be drinking brilliantly in 30, 40, maybe even 50 years. (Jeb Dunnuck)
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JD96+96+ pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - January 31, 2020
Moving to the reds and a blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot that was brought up in 55% new French oak, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Cuvée is deeply colored and has a Bordeaux-like bouquet of blackcurrants, scorched earth, graphite, and spring flowers that has both richness and complexity. Full-bodied, concentrated, and structured, it stays firmly in the elegant style of the vintage with plenty silky tannins, good acidity, and a great finish. (Jeb Dunnuck)
VN9494 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2020
The 2017 Estate Cuvée has turned out beautifully. Rich, smoky and inviting, the 2017 will, uncharacteristically, drink well pretty much upon release. In 2017, the Estate is a bit broader and richer than it usually is, but all of the elements are in the right place. To be sure, the natural richness of 2017 is evident, but at the same time Lou and Louis Kapcsándy have done a terrific job in avoiding the hard tannins that are found in so many wines. Tobacco, cedar, leather, smoke, licorice and incense add to a feeling of gravitas and pure power. This is an impressive showing.
RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Oct 2020
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Cuvée is a blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. It was aged in 55% new French oak, 18% new Hungarian oak and 27% second fill French oak. Deep garnet-purple in color, it strolls nonchalantly out of the glass with forward notes of baked black cherries, mulberries and warm cassis plus wafts of lilacs, cinnamon stick, cedar chest and clove oil. Medium to full-bodied, the palate rolls easily over the tongue with gregarious black and blue fruits plus a fragrant, floral edge and plush tannins, finishing with plenty of freshness and spicy kick. 250 cases were made.
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RP9898 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 29th Oct 2015
The 100% Merlot cuvée, the 2012 Roberta’s Reserve State Lane Vineyard is, once again, flirting with perfection. A stunning nose of chocolate fudge intermixed with coffee bean, black cherry and blackcurrant fruit is intense, and followed by a full-bodied, gorgeously textured, opulent style of wine with stunning richness and purity. This is a brilliant wine and only represents 12% of the production, as only 300 cases were produced. It should drink well for 20–25 years.
VN9898 pts. - Vinous - Oct 2015
The 2012 Roberta’s Reserve (Merlot) is another drop-dead gorgeous wine from Kapcsándy. Mocha, black cherries, plums, licorice and menthol meld together in an effortless, seamless wine endowed with sublime grace and class. Lovely savory and mineral notes support the pliant finish. What a gorgeous wine this is.
JS9898 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Wednesday, May 4, 2016
This is a superb merlot with black olive, blueberry, iodine, and oyster shell. Full body, tight tannins. Chocolate, walnut, and bramble berry. Superb finish. A beauty. Try now but give it four to five years of bottle age. Decant before serving now.
SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Nov 15, 2015
A distinctive Merlot that combines muscle with richness. Bold aromas of red currant and tomato leaf lead to rich, complex flavors of cherry, olive and dark Asian spice. The tannins are big but fleshy. Merlot. Drink now through 2023. 200 cases made.
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JD9797 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 12/21/2021
Including 5% Merlot and checking in at 14.2% natural alcohol, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Cuvee sports a semi-opaque ruby hue to go with a classic, almost old-school Cabernet nose of red and black currants, chocolate, sandalwood, freshly sharpened pencils, and dried herbs. A more elegant, complex, nuanced Cabernet, it’s medium to full-bodied and has ripe yet building tannins, good acidity, and a great finish. All about purity, precision, and elegance, while not sacrificing intensity or richness, this gorgeous, Château Margaux-like Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be hidden for 4–5 years, if not a decade, and will drink brilliantly over the following 20–30 years. (Jeb Dunnuck)
VN9696 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2022
The 2019 Estate Cuvée offers tremendous density, power and textural intensity, almost shockingly so for these wines, especially compared to the 2018, which is its diametric opposite stylistically. The wine’s density and sheer tannic heft are imposing. There is just a bit of reduction that needs time to dissipate. Ripe red-fleshed fruit, sage, lavender, plum and mint flesh out in a Cabernet Sauvignon that marries power, density and energy. This is impressive, to say the least. (Antonio Galloni)
RP94+94+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Jul 2021
A blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Cuvée has a deep purple-black color. It jumps out of the glass with exuberant scents of blueberry pie, plum preserves and blackberry compote plus hints of dark chocolate, violets and star anise. Medium to full-bodied, the palate shimmers with energetic black and blue fruits, supported by soft, velvety tannins and tons of freshness, finishing long and perfumed. Aged in 75% new French oak, the alcohol is a relatively modest 14.2%. 375 cases were made. (Lisa Perrotti-Brown)
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