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2003 Kapcsàndy Cabernet Sauvignon State Lane Vineyard Grand Vin

  • 93 WA
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    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 189810-2003-375

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    This deep plum/purple-colored, fully mature 2003 offers complex notes of chocolate (100% new Taransaud barrels were used), espresso, plums and black currants. The tannins are soft and the wine is medium-bodied with a nice mid-palate (often a deficiency in vintages that have such extreme weather conditions), and a long, fresh finish. While not the greatest wine Kapcsandy has ever made, readers should remember that more recent vintages include a lot more Merlot and Cabernet Franc as well as a touch of Petit Verdot included in the blend. The 2003 can be enjoyed now, but should hold for at least another ten years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 89

    decanted for two hours. Great mouth feel and after taste It had some minor flow, maybe slightly bretty?
    Author: Seaway J
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Deeply hued with thin moderately colored legs. A sexy but less concentrated than expected nose of oak, sweet candied cherry and plum with a bit of chocolate and milk highlights. Racy acidity coupled with decent fruit concentration. The 2003 is 90% Cabernet and 10% Merlot and was raised entirely in new French oak.
    Drink Dates: 2005-2011
    Author: Daniel B
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.

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 16 bottles owned
  • 5 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 5 collectors)