2010 Kapcsandy Family "Endre" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1154350 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The less expensive 2010 Endre (53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc aged in both French and Hungarian oak) is very Bordeaux like. Notes of bouquet garni, red and black currants and loamy soil are present in this medium-bodied wine that seems to be a faster evolving effort than its siblings. With excellent texture as well as an elegant style, and I use that word in a positive sense, it should drink well for 10-15 years. (RP)  (10/2013)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (this cuvee represents 68% of the estate's production due to severe selection in 2010; includes a good bit of press wine): Aromas of currant and smoked meat lifted by a floral element. At once sweet and juicy, with harmonious acidity giving cut and lift to the complex flavors of currant, raspberry, licorice, tobacco and tea leaf. Surprisingly open at this stage, and long on the aftertaste.  (6/2013)

91 points Vinous

 The 2010 Endre is dark, sensual and layered. Mocha, black cherry, plum, spice and licorice notes all flesh out in the glass. The 2010 is drinking beautifully, but has enough depth to develop nicely for at least another handful of years. Sweet tobacco, licorice and dried flowers linger on the finish. The 2010 is 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. (AG)  (11/2013)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Offers a rugged mix of crushed rock, dried berry and dried herb. Ausone-like in terms of austerity and minerality, this is tight, dry and tannic. The most closed and reticent of the new Kapcsándy 2010s. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2014 through 2024. (JL)  (11/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Blend made from young vines and press wine (the other bottlings have no press wine) and being phased out. ‘Reminds me of a nice Margaux’, says Lou. Quite. Lovely silky complex nose. Smooth texture, not that much concentration but lovely substance. Very fresh and lively. 17.5/20 points. (JR)  (5/2015)

K&L Notes

Quoting Robert Parker: "It is hard to believe the Kapcsandy family, of Hungarian descent, purchased this property previously known as State Lane Vineyard in Yountville (15.5 acres alongside the Yountville cross roads) in May, 2000. They have been on a winning track ever since the first releases." (10/2013)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.