2013 Kapcsandy Family "Estate Cuvée - State Lane Vineyard" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
The 2013 Estate Cuvée is dark, powerful and explosive, but also super-refined. Floral and spice notes appear first, followed by a host of balsamic-inflected overtones. Beams of tannin and acidity give the wine much of its energy, but the Estate Cuvée is, above all else, a wine of exquisite purity and finesse. I will not be surprised to see the 2013 show even better in another few years. With time in the glass, the 2013 fleshes out a touch, but the best is yet to come. The blend is 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. (AG)
This shows wonderful tension and form with chocolate, currant and stone aromas and flavors. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Very tight and stylish. Needs time to soften. But beautiful texture. Better in 2018 but who could wait.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Estate Cuvée State Lane Vineyard, which represents 32% of their total production at 750 cases, is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and the rest equal parts Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It’s aged mostly in French oak, with about 10% new Hungarian oak used as well. Loads of dense blackcurrant and black cherry fruit are followed by a juicy wine with medium to full body, impressive purity, and moderately high tannins that are integrated and provide definition and grip to this rich, concentrated, well-endowed effort. This cuts a beautiful style between the ripe, extravagant fruit of Napa and the more restrained and precise, measured feel of a top Bordeaux. (RP)
Pleasantly rustic and rugged, featuring a dense, chewy mix of savory herb, dried berry, anise, crushed rock and gravelly earth flavors, with pebbly tannins. (JL)