I had high expections on this wine and my expections were not only met but exceeded. Decanted for about 30 mins and drank over 2 hours. Elegant and delightful. A very refined wine with lots of life ahead that is drinking extremely well at this point. Room filling bouquet. Youthful with nuances beginning to emerge. Fills your mouth with flavor of fruit, some tar, tobacco and the slightest hint of oak while all along it remains elegant, balanced and refined. No hard edges, no heat. Glad I have one more bottle left.
Brief note from memory. Impressive wine. Exceptionally balanced and elegant. Fruit is still youthful as secondary notes of earth and tobacco start to integrate. Suave but still present tannin. Seems to have a long life (10+ years) ahead.
Dinner at RPM (RPM Italian - Chicago, IL): First time trying a Kapcsandy and I really expected a big, sappy, boozy Cabernet. What I got, though, was far more balanced and enjoyable. This had been decanting for ~5 hours before dinner and showed nice currant, black cherry, and spice notes. The palate was silky with lots of cherry, blackberry, and a touch of meatiness. A very good combination with some A-5 kobe beef.
This bottle seemed to have less alcohol on the nose and a little bit more fruit than the last bottle consumed. I don't kow if that's a product of not decanting. However, bottle was uncorked and let stood for about 2 hours before pouring. Drank along with 2000 Quilceda Creek. Both wines are just superb! Drink or hold. I'm going to try to hold my last bottle as long as i can.
Closer to a Bordeaux than a Napa style wine. Attractive aroma upon opening and only got better with time. Popped and poured at a French bistro. Hot for the first hour. The alcohol settled and the wine was singing by the third. Went very well with the whole dinner from foie gras torchon, to sauteed morels, to wagyu hanger steak. I suggest to decant for no more than 2 hours before drinking..enjoy!
Open 2 hours Nose of oak, plum, leather, cassis, black pepper and black cherry; a bit alcoholic in the beginning. Velvety smooth palate with sweet oak tannins, full fruit (without being jammy), blackberry and tar. Finish is mainly forward palate and tannic but not without an enjoyable fruitiness. Nicely done...did well with venison backstrap but could hold up to a NY Strip.
Wine Dinner to Start the School Year - 90 Dom, 87 DRC, 78 Margaux, 04 Kapscandy ...: This wine finished a line up of amazing young European beauties. It was served from magnum. I decanted it 4hours before we left for dinner. Re-bottled it and then decanted it at the hosts house where it sat in decanter another 2.5 hours. I have a tendency to like younger wines than the rest of the group and absolutely loved this young wine. I still have a 750 and a 3L and I will wait ten years before opening the next one. Great balance in this young puppy. Red cherry absolutely dominated. It had such pure ingredients though that I think age will continue to take the small amount of heat that some felt out of the equation later. What a bargain this mag was in Lou's early days.
Drank at a blind tasting Christmas party, so this note is old. But the notes were consistant in that this wine was big and bold but needed 1) more time in the cellar, or at the very least 2) a few hours in the decanter. It was very tight and like a good bordeaux, was very young and wild at this point in its life. I have one more bottle and I will certainly keep it for a few more years and when I open it, will decant for a good amount of time!
Vinturied into decanter 1 hour before first pour, consumed over 1 hour. Nose: Black cherry, black currant, smoke, coffee and spice - medium expressiveness. Palate: Medium - full bodied, great balance, creamy mouth-feel. Finish: Subtle, but lengthy sense of dark red fruit.
This was an absolute joy to drink. Well balanced, deep breadth of flavors from cherry, cassis, mushroom, a bit of mint and fresh loam. It was fresh, vibrant and overall very enjoyable. It will obviously age well but it is very hard to resist.
Beautiful dark garnet color. Primary aromas of ripe sweet cherry, minerals, creme brule, and blood orange. Thick and sexy feel with a nice balance. Fresh acid that matches its State Lane ripe fruit. This wine takes Yountville to another level. Very long ripe tanninc finish, with acids and tannins searching all quadrants of your mouth. At least fifteen years left with this youngster. Barrel tasted the 2005 and 2006, and every vintage shows more character and depth. This guy knows what he is doing, so get on this list before its too late.
Decanted 90 minutes, enjoyed over three hours. Smoky, black currant, black licorice, cassis nose. Black plum, fig, licorice and cinnamon in the mouth. Such a symphony of scents, flavors, texture. Lovely balance, structure and elegance in this wine. Such a wonderful pairing with osso bucco over linguini. One of those "oh my g-d" wines.
Dark cherry with youthful bright purple rim. First day I was a little unimpressed by the wine. It was lacking complexity and the oak was too overwhelming. Nevertheless you could still feel the fruit and enough acidity to balance it. On the second night, this was a different wine. Nose was more complex with graphite, earthy, dark fruits notes with oak now blending instead of shadowing. Med to full bdoy, firm tannins, fresh acidity, the structure is impressive. Dense and focused, very good fruit, char and graphite, this was really nice. But overall it requires serious time in the cellar. I wouldn't touch another bottle before 7-8 yearsto let the oak becomes more integrated.
Dark purple color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Big and rich nose of blueberries, currants, camphor and almost jammy like. Might have mistaken the nose for a youthful Aussie Shiraz. Flavors of berries and cherries on the palate that slams hard into "the wall". There is a wall of tannins here with some moderate acidity and a definite full bodied feel on the palate. I'm guess the first bottle I tasted was hoping right along and now this this is getting ready to shut down or something. I'd recommend holding. No rating this time.
Excellent bottle with finesse and sophistication. Tastes of blackberry, licorice, leather and graphite. Nice glycerin feel in the mouth. A little austere on the finish but should blossom with more age. This was a 375 mm bottle so the aging might be somewhat affected.
Decanted 4-5 hours at best point. Medium body with good full concentration and even balance across palate. A minute bit of acid hides in the background and may be eliminiated with a couple more years in the bottle. Good stuff!
WIML93. Big, big wine. Huge nose dominated by blueberries. At first whiff I thought I was drinking a California or maybe even Aussie Syrah. Gobs of dark chewy fruits on the palate. Good balance overall but this young wine is a bit overpowering in its’ youth and needs more time in bottle.
Opened earlier in the day and decanted. Had a small glass initially, the color is beautiful ruby and clear, the nose was quite closed, and the flavor muted but was clearly headed for greatness.
1 hour later, the nose was much richer and filled with fruit, the flavor was starting to pop, but seemed to confined to the sides and back of tongue.
2 hours later, the nose had opened up and was beautiful and rich and filled with fruit and an intriguing hint of scotch; the flavor filled the tongue, tingled the top of my mouth and was really beautiful -- but it's the aroma that has really stuck with me. Even an hour after we finished the last drop, I keep going back to breath from the glass, savoring that lingering hint of scotch.
On my 4 point scale this is probably a 3.5 where 3="Would definitely try again" and 4="Open another bottle right now". The only thing keeping it from a full 4 is the price...but that won't stop us from picking up another bottle or two to enjoy over the next couple years.
Drank as part of my 40th b-day party @ El Gaucho so the tasting note is from memory. Decanted 2 bottles into one decanter for atleast 90 minutes. At about 60 minutes the nose came to life w/ beautiful black fruit.
Deep & dark color w/ a nose of beautiful black cherry & sweet blackberries. Big sour cherry & sweet blackberry fruit that sustained thought the palate w/ nice tabacco spice in the long & sustained finish.
Poured through Vinturi Wine Aerator into decantor and poured 20 minutes later. Initially, the nose was slightly closed with subtle notes of black cherry, violets and pound cake. Initial sip noted sour cherries with a chalky mouthfeel, as the tannins were very firm, but there was a ton of depth and concentration that closed with a long finish.
An hour later, the nose was singing deep rich black cherries, floral notes of violets and lavenders, and a buttery creamy note. The chalkiness dissipated into rich cherries and spice in the midpalate, with a long concentrated finish. Both the nose and palate contiunued to evolve over the course of 3 hours, but it was at its best about 2 hours in.
I loved this wine, and will open another in about a year. if it was more velvetty and concentrated on the midpalate it would warrant a higher score.