This wine has vastly improved with age. This particular bottle was paired with duck ravioli and it worked very well together. I was surprised and pleased how much I enjoyed this wine. Not for Fruit Bomb lovers. This wine has mellowed and will continue to improve.
Inky purple. Popped and poured. Nose of raspberries, herbs, meat, cedar and wet limestone. Nose evolved over time and opened to reveal more notes of tobacco, earth, leather, allspice, tarragon and a hint of plum. First notes were of blue fruit and plums. Currants and leather were complemented by well integrated and complex tannins. A velvety mouthfeel completed the picture with a long finish. Drinking well and years of age to come.
Our first Kapcsandy Estate Cuvee. We tried to figure out where we got it...anyway, to the point. A lovely, cabernet that opened up terrifically. Soft tannins; very flavorful with complex layers of unique flavors...berries and plums. Enjoy!
Well, my patience is wearing thin! About as thin as this wine! I still don't see a reason to drink this as it is neither classy or rich or robust nor does it exhibit any finesse or depth to bring mr back. Those of you who like this, more porwe to you but I just don't see the appeal. Maybe all 6 of my bottles were damaged in transit but there is no evidence of it. Corks are perfect, wine no more than 1/8 inch up the cork and none pushed out in the least. Were it heat damaged, I would expect some stewed flavors or something out of the ordinary, not just nothing remarkable. That and the fact that they were in 2 different shipments at 2 different times of the year. I just don't get it.
This wine was fabulous. It had great depth of dark cherry, cassis and sweet plum. The fruit was layered in the mid palate and the finish was long and memorable. Young but an hour of air made it work great.
Absolulely beautiful - my wine of the year. Decanted for about 2 hours prior to serving with dinner. I didn't take good notes on it, but I recall cedar, stone, and leather underpinning straight clean fruit flavors. This went fast and was a huge hit. Wish I had many more bottles.
Wine was excellent. Improved over last tasting, but still young, but not in a bad way. We decanted it for about 1 hour. Tannin's still very evident, but this wine delivered the goods tonight. The wine continued to improve in the glass. It out shined 94 and 99 Caymus. This was a well made wine that will last for many years. You can taste the cab franc and at times pronounced, especially in the finish. The mouth feel is silky and consistent in it's fleshy character which many 05's seem to have. A very good wine that will reward patience. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED A+++ Good Stuff!!!
This wine was wonderful, but it had the misfortune to have been consumed side-by-side with an 05 Ancient Way from Hundred Acre. This wine has a unique plum-cherry candy sweetness to it and some very interesting bright fruits, which are light, and yet complex at the same time. This is only going to get better with time. A delicious reminder of the varied flavors possible from wonderfully cultivated and varied grapes.
This was a late-night cellar raid by our guests. We popped and poured in the cellar, and things were a big fuzzy. I do, however, recall that it was still very tannic, but with amazing underlying Cali Cab fruit. A fun treat for our guests. Will score higher later after it properly ages.
Drank this 375 against a 375 of Mille Roses 05 Bordeaux, which was a fun comparison. The two were surprisingly similar, though ultimately different. Dark purple, a bit muted on the nose yet (just a bit), lush and smooth, polished in about every way. Similar impression to other tasters in fruit and balance, drinking well now, a crowd pleaser, and surely could keep going. A bit more vanilla oak than I personally like, but not terribly so. Compelling.
Initially I had some confusion about whether this was the "Grand Vin" or the "Estate" State Lane Vineyard. I believe my bottle which was gifted to me was the Estate, not the Grand. Somewhat reticent nose, rather subdued fruits with a minimal finish which, over time, has gone from the oak overwhelming the fruit in 20 seconds to the oak overwhelming the fruit in 35 seconds. Admittedly, not decanted, but it's not improving much with time. If the flavors ended earlier, I'd like it more, but it ends with that astringent oak. I don't think time will help as the fruit seems likely to fade quicker than the oak. It is certainly possible that the shipping of the bottle from Los Angeles to San Francisco may have produced an adverse effect as I drank it only two days later. In what I believe to be an extraordinary effort by the winery, I've been offered a replacement for what may well have been a flawed bottle. I think it is great that they care this much about the opinions of their consumers, a level of attention to detail that I imagine they devote to winemaking as well!
Could not wait -- was wonderful, still, in its youth. What amazes me is that there is a good amount of oak/vanilla on the nose, which would normally send me running for the hills, but this wine pulls it off with such grace. Having this, after decanting for a couple of hours, with a cheese plate, is a wonderful combination.
Decanted approx. 1 1/2 hrs prior to consumption. Wine had a wonderful nose, excellent mid palate and a decent finish. This wine will reward those with patience and should be cellared a few years. Has great potential. Nice blend of Cab, Merlot and Cab Franc
Popped and decanted for about 2 hours before drinking. Bettter than last bottle. Smoother, Rounder, and much more friendly than the last bottle. Tannins were still a little harsh so a little bottle time will do this worlds of good.
Nice wine, with upside. Decanted for several hours and slowly consumed next to an amazing '96 Abreu Madrona Ranch (wow!). Balanced cali cab, with nice acidity. Young vine fruitiness, but balanced by minerality, tannin and acid. Smell an empty glass after you've finished one, and you'll smell where I hope this wine is going: a depth, richness and balance that will be very intoxicating sometime in the future. How long will it take? I don't know, but I'd suggest 2015. 92+ (+ for the future uspide)
Opened and decanted 1/2 of the bottle, recorked the rest to drink day 2. Initial nose was restrained, tight. After about 1 hour it began to open up with a wonderful boquet of flowers, leather, dark fruits, light oak, and earth. On the palate it was multilayered with a very nice acidity, smooth tanins, and a long lingering finish. Very elegant and exceptionally balanced. Medium to full bodied. More akin to a recent Chateau Palmer I've had to a California cabernet. The wine continued to grow with complexity and depth with more time. Day 2. Retained it's fruit and nose with no sign of oxidation. It had grown in weight and complexity overnight. Wonderful wine. I'm glad I have 4 more to keep. Perhaps 3-4 years before the next one gets opened.
Very young. Opened and recorked for an hour, then decanted for two and the wine was still pretty tight. Drank most of it and enjoyed it very much. Recorked and the next day, the wine softened, but without losing its freshness -- a beautiful wine. This wine has the potential to become great, but I'd wait for at least 5 years before opening the next bottle.
Decanted 1 hour. This had a slight nose of flowers and red fruits but no fruit on the palate, even after 2 hours more in the decanter. However, there was an abundance of cedar on the palate with some harsh brambly flavors accompanying them. This wasn't corked, just not a good wine and definately a rip-off for what I paid for it. I'm hoping it was just a bad bottle as it is the first Kapcsandy I've had and I have 3 left!!
Pulled the cork at noon and left open, then double decanted at 4 and returned to bottle, and left open to breathe until dinner at 8:00. Notes of fresh herbs, black cherry, raspberry and red currant. Tannins are sweet and unobtrusive, with a good level of acidity. Flavors of currant, anise, spice, red fruit and toast. Long, velvety finish.
Decanted for a solid 30-45 minutes before the first taste. Drank on the heels of another great cab-blend that was smoky, as usual. So the first taste may have altered that for me. Not sure. The wine was tight at first, then leveled off. Didn't seem as fruity to me, but there was some...probably rasberry, currant..and hints of vanilla and some spice at first. Wine was better at the mid-palette than the finish, but it got better. Drank with a Steak Au Poivre in a very dark and heavy sauce, which went very well. The wine just exploded in flavor with every bite. Last few sips were very very good. By that time the wine has been open for 1.5 hrs and the finish was better. I was getting some chocolate as well.
Initial Impression: Nose is very clean with black fruit and little else. First sip has a clean initial entry, then the tannins kick up, killing the finish. Needs air, gasping for air!
25 Minutes: Deeper, more complex, with elements of dark roast coffee and earth mixing with the black fruits. Tannins are more manageable and the finish is very long. Far better than the bottle I tired last year, this has all the elements for a great bottle with strong aging potential.
90 Minutes: no further change and still a great drink. Salut.
2nd wine to drink from at Dave's Mother's Day bbq. This followed Sine Qua Non's Into The Dark. Dave has provided this wine twice before and we both have come to the conclusion that it's not our cup of tea. Maybe it's just too young-pleasant aroma, although it tasted somewhat harsh, especially on the mid-palate, and finished the same way. Even young wines have qualities that can be appreciated-it's hard to do with this one, especially at $125 a bottle. It progressed a little with time, but not enough to make fans of us. Would like to try the 2004 one day.
Opened last night, and it was just not ready. Nice bright fruit upfront and strong wood on the back end. Left it open over night, and it tastes much better, pointing to a bight future. By contrast, though, I just opened a Realm Tempest 2004, and the first taste is deeper and more complex. Both great wines and looking forward to charting their development.
Decanted 6 hours. Nose dominated by dark fruit (especially black currant) and smoky vanilla, with earth, chocolate, flowers, and some spice thrown in. Flavors of black currants and blackberries plus a slightly saline character. Silky, elegant mouthfeel but a touch tart. Long tannic finish. Needs a year or two.