2014 Kapcsandy "Grand Vin - State Lane Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1348178 99 points James Suckling

 Extremely floral and complex on the nose with cedar, blackberries, blueberries, tobacco, stones, mushrooms... I'm simply running out of words here! Full to medium body and a tight and compact center palate. This is complete and dense. Extremely long and energetic. Drink in five years but a joy to taste. One of the best ever.  (5/2017)

98 points Vinous

 A powerful, tightly-wound wine, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin is likely to require the better part of the next decade to come into its own. The most backward and brooding of these wines, the Grand Vin is also quite primary and closed in on itself. Still, the energy, drive and focus of the best vintages is very much in evidence. Today, the 2014 is dense, seamless and utterly impeccable, with no hard edges, beautifully integrated oak (100% new) and exceptional balance. (AG)  (12/2016)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Always an exceptional cuvée, there are 900 cases of the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin, which is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot. In 2015 there were 700 cases. This wine is even softer than the 2015, perhaps slightly less concentrated, but still at the top of the qualitative hierarchy in Napa Valley, with its terrific purity, nose of licorice, camphor, forest floor, blackcurrant and cedar wood. It is gorgeously fruited, full-bodied, but super-well-balanced. This is a beauty that can be drunk early, or cellared for another 25-30 years. (RP)  (10/2016)

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Staff Image By: James Bradshaw | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/19/2018 | Send Email
It is a bit of a shame that buyers are so obsessed with the 2013 Napa vintage, as there are so many overlooked 2014s that are truly transcendent—the Kapcsandy "Grand Vin" top among them. This is a monumental wine in every sense. Built on a grand scale, yet with unparalleled refinement, it is easy to see why Kapcsandy is so highly regarded among critics and collectors. Everything thing in this wine is perfectly appointed—the fruit, the tannin, the structure, the balance, the energy—you name it, everything is precisely where it should be. This 2014 has a very bright future ahead and will only gain in range, depth, and complexity. Qualitatively, you simply can't do any better than this.

Staff Image By: Philip Bohorfoush | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/12/2018 | Send Email
One of my favorite wines on a recent Napa Valley top estates tour. For me, I liked this more than the Roberta’s as I love the power yet in reserve. This is very classy, complete, and balanced. There is power and intensity yet delineation and focus. Lou mentioned Jean-Bernard Delmas and we asked Lou if he was emulating Haut-Brion as there is a similar vein of elegance and precision. With only 900 cases produced, you owe it to yourself to add one of Napa Valley’s finest wines to your collection. Outstanding.

Staff Image By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/11/2018 | Send Email
If the Roberta's is the Petrus of Napa, then this is the Haut Brion (a comparison that Lou smiled confidently at when we mentioned it at the estate). Smoky, deep, and compact, it is extremely layered in a way that makes you revel in just the thought of what it will develop into over the years. First-Growth-like, it is lined with dark red fruit, fine dark chocolate, resilient acidity, graphite, and a silky texture that is big, dense, but never heavy. The wines show true to their Napa roots and their Bordeaux inspiration at the same time - that is perfectly clear in the 2014 State Lane Grand Vin. Hold off on this if you can for another five or ten years, and drink over the following thirty.

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

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.