2013 Kapcsandy Family "Roberta's Reserve - State Lane Vineyard" Napa Valley Merlot
The aromas to this are mind-blowing. Pure violet, lilac, blueberry, blackberry, licorice, and flowers. Full body and superb tannin tension with polish and balance. Harmony. The layers and texture to this are phenomenal. The greatest American Merlot ever made. Ranks the best in the world. Only about 300 cases made.
A magnificent towering wine, the 2013 Roberta's Reserve is deep, powerful and massively tannic. Far from an easygoing Merlot, the 2013 Roberta's Reserve is going to require considerable cellaring to fully blossom. Floral, savory and mineral notes are pushed forward, until a rush of blue and black fruits opens up on the mid palate and through to the finish. Lavender, sage, menthol, licorice and inky fruit add the final shades of nuance in an explosive Merlot to put away in the darkest corner of the cellar. (AG)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 100% Merlot cuvée, the 2013 Roberta’s Reserve State Lane Vineyard seemed backward, tightly knit, and not nearly as expressive as it has been in other vintages. Everything is there, and it’s locked and loaded and very elegant, at the same time offering up plenty of chocolate and black cherry fruit, but the tannins and the somewhat unyielding style of the wine made it more difficult to assess than some of the other wines. This wine represents 21% of their total production, or 400 cases, and should turn out to be spectacular, but needs a good 3-5 years of bottle aging. It should cellar beautifully for at least 25-30 years. (RP)