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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 7 
TypeRed
ProducerKapcsandy Family Winery (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
DesignationEstate Cuvée
VineyardState Lane Vineyard
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationYountville
UPC Code(s)000007448478

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2027 (based on 21 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Kapcsandy Family Winery Estate Cuvee State Lane Vineyard on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 94 pts. and median of 94 pts. in 84 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by EyeDoc on 4/10/2015: Consistent with previous notes. Still primary. Drink or hold. (1029 views)
 Tasted by Lewisfan on 3/12/2015 & rated 93 points: beautiful, smooth velvety texture. Still has plenty of life in it but I was impatient. (1074 views)
 Tasted by ehodin on 2/26/2015 & rated 95 points: Solid Cab - tannic: needs time (1057 views)
 Tasted by jaxpaj on 2/2/2015 & rated 95 points: This really opened up after a couple of hours. Drinking very well. (1181 views)
 Tasted by Lewisfan on 10/4/2014 & rated 93 points: Agree this needs a long decant to fully open up. Need to be patient but get the feeling you'll be well rewarded (1677 views)
 Tasted by Knicksfan on 6/22/2014 & rated 93 points: Really needs a long decant to show its stuff. I may just have to be more patient with these beauties. (2134 views)
 Tasted by rpenn77 on 1/31/2014 & rated 86 points: I don't think the bottle was flawed but there was a funkiness to this wine. Especially at the price point I paid for it. (2758 views)
 Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 11/13/2013 & rated 96 points: Sharon's Birthday (Kapcsandy, Rhys, Huet, Pape Clement, +++) (GHT): This stood in great contrast to the Pape Clement. Everyone loved it. While this is young, it is not a monster or a fruit bomb. It is elegant and well made. Cassis some coffee and dark chocolate on the nose, slight minty/herbal note. Great rich yet slick texture. On the palate, up front with great juicy fruit. Complex, more from flavor profile than layering. Really easy to drink. Long finish. While this will last for a long time, it is really enjoyable today. (3429 views)
 Tasted by shadow on 10/13/2013 & rated 98 points: Felt like a big cab tonight, and this one hit the spot, smooth with the teeth tingeling tannins, flavors back up the fresh fruit on the nose, great stuff (3174 views)
 Tasted by Patrik H on 10/1/2013 & rated 91 points: Cassis, bear adhesive, vanilla and almond paste.
a very nice wine with big tannins that need to settle down a little bit.
The overall impression is big bang for the bucks. I do not think it deliver against the pricing. (2511 views)
 Tasted by Ramberg on 10/1/2013 & rated 88 points: The nose is smoky, meaty, with menthol, burnt rubber, burnt vanilla oak and alcohol.
The palate shows thin fruit, with alcohol profile, sweet and non complex fruit.
This was not very pleasant at all.
Too much oak and alcohol, and to sweet and thin, diluted fruit.
Perhaps revisit in 10 years?
Although the fruit is to thin I believe to last down the road.
Dissapointing, especially given the price tag. (3095 views)
 Tasted by Acohen on 3/17/2013 & rated 95 points: Opened for 6 hours and decanted. Had great dark nose and pure integrated cassis and berry. So balanced and smooth that demanded attention. very impressive and delicious (3075 views)
 Tasted by petitblanc on 3/1/2013 & rated 93 points: Beautiful deep crimson-violet color. The generous nose is like a basket of sweet berries, with roasty oak, a faint chalky earthiness, and slightly fumey alcohol. Plush and mouthcoating, with considerable heat and big, puckering acidity that carries through the finish. With air, the tannins came forward quite coarsely, along with a bit of complexity, although the volatility did not dissipate. Overall, an interesting and impressive wine, yet a little exuberant and immature for current drinking. Although the 14.5% abv is very much present and could be a problem, this has the potential to be special in 8 to 10 years. (This half-bottle probably would not have aged long, though, as the cork was already veiny and crumbly and splitting, one of the poorest quality corks I've ever seen). (2702 views)
 Tasted by etherscreen on 1/29/2013 & rated 98 points: It wasn't the best setting to take a note, so this is from memory. Fortunately this wine will be imprinted on my brain for a very long time.

Slow ox'd over night and decanted 4 hours before consumption.

This is one of those bottles that floored me from the get go. Nose of blackberry, cassis, violets, and earth. Grabs you and commands your total attention. So saturated and smooth - velvet like. Poised and just perfectly shaped in the mouth. Welcomes food. Rich with a full body. Exquisite balance. Finish that echoes the entire package that goes on and on. This is one of the best wines I've had in quite a while.

While I had originally thought I wasn't going to buy this vintage due to the pricing, two things changed:

1. Lou dropped the price from what was originally on their website before login.

2. I drank this wine.

Wow! (3131 views)
 Tasted by Wine-Strategies on 1/5/2013: Served double blind, opened on the morning prior to the dinner, re-corked, then aerated 4 hours prior to service. First impression, purity, elegance, class, certainly a noble wine. Each of us had a half of a glass with our braised lamb shanks, and then it was on to the other blind (and non-blind) wines. And while it showed very, very well with the lamb, it wasn't until after the dinner, that the balance of the decanter was poured. I wasn't prepared or expecting what this had become during that 2 hour rest. The wine went to another level, and sat firmly in the epic category. Again, I look at the price-tag, and all I can say to myself is there are so many wines that cost so much less that are expensive, at under $200, this is a bargain, and $200 for a bottle of grape juice is a lot of money to me. very highly recommended. You MUST give this the aeration it needs if opening anytime soon or you will miss the Grand Fireworks show. Drink thru 2025 (3414 views)
 Tasted by jaxpaj on 8/28/2012: This was put into a refrigerator buy someone else a couple of hours before I arrived, it killed the wine!! Never recovered from the cold, or at least everyone drank it before it had time to warm back up. Saddening to see such a good bottle treated this way. (3904 views)
 Tasted by jaxpaj on 7/16/2012 & rated 96 points: This was the second bottle of the night and the clear WOTN. Beautifully rich and supple, perfectly ripened fruit, touches of tanned leather and dried currants. This wine is in a good spot and worth opening a bottle. Decanted 2 hours. (3077 views)
 Tasted by jdabrowski1027 on 6/11/2012 & rated 94 points: No formal notes taken. The nose did seem reticent, while the palate was very much in balance and came across as elegant. (2968 views)
 Tasted by King Cab on 6/8/2012 & rated 94 points: Initially very similar to the 2008 Maybach Materium served before it. I got some butter popcorn on the nose. This was more elegant with a precise black fruit profile leading with cassis and going slightly red with some plush red raspberry. Balance was deft, this had some spring flowers and warm cinnamon. Tannins complicated but behaved. The oak was not shy. As it sat in the glass about a half hour it went slightly dumb and awkward, but don’t get me wrong, it was a beauty. This had a long finish and a lot to offer. I figure this will be incredible in 4 to 6 years. My number 1 on the night (3029 views)
 Tasted by EMichels on 6/7/2012 & rated 92 points: Muted nose; Great reserve; Que
Key; Big caramel fruit underneath but excellent balance; Opens clean: Very nice (2485 views)
 Tasted by ews3 on 5/19/2012 & rated 92 points: Mixed Bag... (Roberts House, Philadelphia PA): my least favorite of a great flight of 08 cabs. this also had a dark fruit profile, but i found the oak to be less in balance than on the maybach. wonderful finish also shows a mocha flavor. medium(+) finish. (2766 views)
 Tasted by Mr T on 5/7/2012: Slow oxed all afternoon in the manner that I have read that Lou recommends...only one problem, the glass I poured off the wine into was not quite big enough and so the air never got a full shot at the full bottle width of wine...it was still in the neck...my bad and failed to see at the time...I liked this and did not find it hot or overdone but not quite open and happening...rich full fruit and Sue, with the best palate, could tell that there was a lot there if not fully engaged...excellent balance and rich with decent cassis but never fully kicked in. (2513 views)
 Tasted by jaxpaj on 2/8/2012 & rated 95 points: I would bet you that the disparity in the scores from other users is based on if they decanted or not. I opened and poured myself a small glass the decanted the rest. Initially the wine was a 91-92: medium bodied, dark fruit, smoky medium tannins, finished with a touch of oak. After 5 hours of air time the wine improved so much!! Full bodied, touches of chocolate and currants arrived and the tannins turned velvety. The finish had an intriguing depth with touches of espresso and mineral. This could grow to a 97-98pt wine with some patience. This makes me wonder what other wines I have robbed of the opportunity to shine by not decanting. (3512 views)
 Tasted by wittkoje on 2/2/2012 & rated 96 points: Slow O for 10 hours with a 1 hour decant. Truly a lovely wine. (2914 views)
 Tasted by Niagara on 11/28/2011 & rated 93 points: I must say I preferred the '07 as somewhat more layered and complex. This is excellent but seems very primary. Too young to be sure yet. (4108 views)
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