2011 Kapcsandy Family - State Lane Vineyard Red 750ml

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2011 Kapcsandy Family - State Lane Vineyard Red

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(a 62/38 blend of cabernet franc and merlot; aged in 56% new oak, French and Hungarian): Bright ruby-red. Aromas and flavors of black cherry, licorice, wild herbs, menthol and lavender. Shows a medicinal reserve without any impression of hardness, with the menthol quality nicely counterpointed by sweetness and floral lift. Finishes juicy and very long, with firm but suave tannins. If the Roberta's Reserve is targeting Petrus, this is Kapcsandy's Cheval Blanc. (He describes the Endre and Estate Cuvee as Pessac-Leognan and the Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin as Pauillac, making it clear that he considers Bordeaux, not Napa Valley, to be his competition.)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 174

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More Vintages and Sizes of Kapcsandy Family - State Lane Vineyard Red:

2004 (750ml)
2003 (750ml)

About This Producer


The historic State Lane Vineyard, in the heart of the Napa Valley, was first leased by Beringer Estates in 1972 and was used to launch Beringer's famous Private Reserve Cabernet. The Kapcsandys purchased the property in May, 2000 and in 2001 teamed up with legendary winemaker Helen Turley and her viticulturist husband John Wetlaufer. After careful research, they discovered a unique vineyard with multiple micro-geological conditions and decided to redevelop the vineyard for its utmost potential and produce world-class red wines under the Kapcsandy label. The first two vintages - 2003 and 2004 - were produced by Helen Turley. For 2005 Rob Lawson, the winemaker at Napa Wine Company for the past 16 years, was brought aboard and in 2007, Denis Malbec became the sole winemaking consultant.

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