International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96(96% merlot with 5% cabernet franc): Deep ruby-red. Powerful mineral-driven aromas of crushed blackberry, black cherry and bitter chocolate. Dense, thick and sweet, and almost painfully intense, with uncommon structure for merlot. With a moderate pH of 3.57, 6.7 g/l total acidity and 14.3% alcohol, this has the balance for a couple decades of evolution in the bottle. Most impressive today on the explosive whiplash of a finish. From merlot vines planted on volcanic rock and clay.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2011
Wine Advocate | Rating: 99The 2008 Roberta's Reserve State Lane Vineyard (96% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc) is virtually perfect. This offering is just as strong as the 2007, but slightly more forward and irresistible than the backward 2007. It boasts a dense inky/purple color as well as an extraordinary nose of blackberry liqueur intermixed with cocoa, forest floor, graphite and subtle hints of smoke as well as camphor. The wine reveals fresh acids, laser-like precision and an extraordinary plump, fleshy mouthfeel. Already approachable, it should evolve for 20-25+ years.Drink Dates: 2010-2035Author: Robert Parker
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.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 88 bottles owned
- 17 collectors