2006 Kapcsándy "State Lane Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon State Lane Vineyard (Grand Vin) is a 650-case blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, and 1% Cabernet Franc. A candidate for 'wine of the vintage,' it boasts an extraordinary perfume of lead pencil shavings, plums, licorice, black currants, and white chocolate as well as a firm, Bordeaux-like structure, good purity, and incredibly sweet fruit. It will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age, and last for 20-25 years. Those consumers who complain about high alcohol in California Cabernets should realize that this offering possesses less than 14% alcohol. (RP)
The nose is brimming with blueberries and spice, with a hint of new wood. The palate is full, chewy, and powerful, very powerful. Give this at least five more years. 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good full, deep ruby. Deep, brooding aromas of dark fruits, licorice, violet, bitter chocolate and minerals. At once denser and tighter than the Estate Cuvee, showing a rather muscular, claret-like minerality today but also a stronger fruit component. Finishes with terrific spine for aging. Lay this one down. With the 2007 vintage, the label will say Grand Vin. Incidentally, the winery maximized the quality of its 2006s by selling off more than 500 cases' worth of wine through a private label. (ST)
Complex, if on a restrained scale, with nutmeg, dried currant and berry flavors, joined by mineral and sage. Tight, focused, balanced and very Bordeaux-like in its restraint and refinement. Best from 2010 through 2016. (JL)
With the 2007 vintage, the label will say Grand Vin.