2012 Kapcsandy Family Winery Estate Cuvee State Lane Vineyard

Year: 2012
Appellation: Yountville, Napa Valley
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 96
Vinous Media: 94+
James Suckling: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.1%
Price :

"Pure and focused on a dense core of extracted currant, crushed rock, espresso, plum and wild berry. The tannins are firm and gripping but also ripe, giving this a long, tapered finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best from 2018 through 2030. 800 cases made. –JL " (WS)

"The 2012 Estate Cuvee State Lane Vineyard, which is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot aged in a combination of mostly new French oak, but some Hungarian oak as well, represents 1,190 cases, or 50% of the production from their estate vineyard. This wine shows beautiful floral notes along with hints of earth, chocolate, espresso, licorice and blackcurrants. It is elegant, medium to full-bodied, with impressive purity, texture and length. The wine shows relatively sweet tannin, but then so do most of the top 2012s. It should drink nicely for 15-20 more years.

This winery certainly burst onto the qualitative scene in Napa in a dramatic way, and in just over ten years of experience have done an absolutely amazing job with what was once the Beringer-owned State Lane Vineyard in Yountville. In 2012 they produced five cuvées of Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux varietal-based wines, and that will probably drop to four as they were entertaining the idea of dropping the Endre from the portfolio (and I didn’t taste that in either 2013 or 2014). They also make a rosé and a late-harvest Vino Del Sol, which is slightly fortified with grape brandy. They have also played around with the Hungarian indigenous varietal Tokaji Furmint, which in 2014 was blended with some Tokaji Muscat." (WA)

"A dark, powerful wine, the 2012 Estate Cuvée possesses gorgeous depth and textural richness. Open and large on the palate, the 2012 delivers plenty of pleasure today. Next to the best wines from the estate, the 2012 Estate Cuvée lacks a touch of freshness - especially in its aromatics - but it is incredibly appealing today. My sense is that the 2012 is going through a period of dullness, as the bouquet is not as expressive as it has been in the past. A closing note of rose petal and mint adds the final layer of nuance. The blend is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot." (VM)

"Lots of ripe fruit on the nose with blackberry, blueberry, hints of walnut and wet earth. Iodine too. Full body, yet fresh and lively. Pretty refined tannins and a delicious finish." (JS)