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2010 Kapcsàndy Cabernet Sauvignon State Lane Vineyard Grand Vin

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 96 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 97 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 189810-2010-750-3A

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 97

    (13.6% alcohol; includes 4% merlot and 1% petit verdot): Full ruby. Deep aromas of cassis, blackberry, licorice, bitter chocolate and crushed rock, with a sexy suggestion of candied fruit. Then amazingly precise and pure on the palate, with outstanding mineral cut and inner-mouth perfume to the flavors of black fruits, graphite, cedar and lavender. Best today on the expanding, slowly mounting finish, shaped by noble tannins and redolent of captivating mineral and violet perfume. This, too, should improve in bottle for decades. If the Roberta's Blend resembles a top vintage of Petrus, this one is Latour-like--and I don't make those comparisons lightly.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2013
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    A classy, Bordeaux-like red from Napa, with ripe, rich fruit and tiers of currant, spice, cigar box and tobacco leaf. Well-built, showing a measure of restraint, this delivers fine-grained tannins and a long, tapered finish.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2026
    Author: James Laube
  • Vinous | Rating: 99

    Kapcsandy's 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin State Lane Vineyard is truly special. Supremely polished and refined, the 2010 is absolutely gorgeous right out of the gate. The 2010 is so beautiful, it is one of the few wines I chose not to decant for this tasting, as I did not want to disturb the fruit. Tasted over several hours, the 2010 just kept getting better and better. I revisited an unfinished bottle the day after the tasting, and it was still magnificent. Perhaps a bit less focused in its aromatics, with air, the 2010 became darker and more voluptuous. Overall, the 2010 Grand Vin stands out for its precision and focus, both qualities that are rare in a vintage that generally produced much more explosive wines.
    Drink Dates: 2018-2035
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin State Lane Vineyard is a 275-case blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot. It reveals intense red and black currant fruit, good acidity, hints of camphor and graphite, superb purity, a full-bodied texture and an extremely youthful (almost like a barrel sample) freshness and focus. This is a remarkably young yet promising, full throttle, beautifully made Cabernet Sauvignon that should be cellared for 5-7 years and drunk over the following two to three decades.
    Drink Dates: 2018-2048
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Drink Dates: 2018-2048
    Author: Scott I
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.

Cabernet Sauvignon is a thick-skinned variety that is high in color, flavor, tannin, and body, displaying aromas of black currant, blackberry, violet, bell pepper, and black cherry. It is late-ripening and therefore struggles to grow in cool climates. Quality can vary tremendously depending on terroir, vineyard management, and winemaking style, with the highest quality wines coming from the Haut-Médoc and Graves in Bordeaux, and Napa and Sonoma in California.

The powerful flavors, tannin, and body of Cabernet Sauvignon make it well suited to ageing and allow it to stand up to a large proportion of new oak without overpowering the wine. 225-litre barriques are the most popular size barrel and French oak is commonly used by the best producers to add structural complexity and flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and clove to the nose and palate. The best wines, many of which are below, can age further in the bottle for decades.

Old-World Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with Merlot, which ripens earlier than Cabernet and adds plum, softer tannin, and lighter body to this Bordeaux blend. These wines typically have earth-driven aromas such as wet leaves and truffle along with bell peppers and leather. First-Growth producers such as Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Latour, and Château Margaux consistently produce some of the highest-quality Cabernet Sauvignon-based blends.

New-World Cabernet Sauvignon is seen both as a blend and single varietal. Warmer climates and long sunlight hours result in an extended growing season, bearing grapes with richer fruit, bigger tannin, higher alcohol, and lower acidity than their Old-World counterparts. Some of the best expressions of these full-bodied wines come from producers like Screaming Eagle, Hundred Acre, Schrader and Scarecrow.

All Cabernet Sauvignon pairs phenomenally well with meat-forward dishes such as rib-eye steak, short ribs, lamb shank, or a cheeseburger. Vegetable-forward dishes featuring mushrooms are also a great choice for this variety. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 100 bottles owned
  • 28 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 28 collectors)