February 21, 2021 - Dark fruit / long finish / amazing wine!
October 23, 2020 - En underbar, balanserad napa i sin 'prime'. Tyvärr matchas den blint mot en Ch Ducru Beaucaillou av samma årgång. Kämpar väl men får ge sig....
April 7, 2020 - decanted for an hour or 2 before dinner and it was great. still drinks young but really nice, balanced rich red wine. Not cheap, but very good
March 23, 2020 - 14.5% ABV. Right away, there are aromas of mocha, plum, cassis, flowers, burning embers and leather. The 2008 Estate Cuvée is medium- to full-bodied, with black cherry fruit, semi-sweet chocolate and a smidgen of vanilla bean. There is ample acidity and good length in this restrained Napa Cab blend. Although this is mostly primary, it is drinking well at the moment, and could well improve with additional cellar time. 92.
January 13, 2020 - Drinking well now.not sure this has long legs. Ultra smooth with excellent balance.
September 18, 2019 - Considering the cost and pedigree here this didn’t live up to the hype. Awkward and disjointed the first day it became better (more integrated) on the second day. Score is averaged from day one and two. Hard to say if 5 more years of hottie age drastically improves things but I would suggest waiting if possible.
February 28, 2019 - From a half bottle. This is certainly drinkable now with a lot of primary fruit and freshness. A few hours of air helped blow off some oak. It seems in no danger of falling apart but might be in early maturity.
I feel Robert Parker has jumped the gun on this wine and perhaps a whole lot of high-end Cabernet produced with the utmost care but from young vines. State Lane Vineyard was replanted by the Kapcsándy family in 2000. The vines are 8 years old at most. This is there 4th vintage. Scores like 97 seem irresponsible. To suggest Napa wineries can produce comparable wines to Bordeaux with baby vines is insulting. And I don't feel that view is reflected in bottle either.
This wine is a particularly good example of a Bordeaux blend from young Napa vines and benefits from using a blend of grapes rather than just Cabernet as many Napa vintners choose (unwisely in my opinion) to do. As a result, there is fruit complexity - blackberry, blueberry, cassis. There is of course also oak, and maybe some pencil lead, but it doesn't not have the complexity of a Bordeaux that would earn 97 points. I look forward to the 2025 vintage of this wine. I think this wine is good but not epic. I see that the other cuvees from this vintage got 100 points Kapcsándy Family Winery
each from Parker. So what should those cuvees score when they actually have mature vines? 110? I'm not convinced.
Regardless, kudos to the Kapcsándy family on making a smooth and Bordeaux like wine on their 4th vintage and I look forward to the wines to come in the next 30+ years.
September 17, 2018 - Cassis, pen ink and ripe red currants says my wounded snout. Took time to distinguish muddled flavors— I think previous reviews lack of specificity is telling— On her nose.
Good Ruby Purple, low viscosity.
On the palate: flavors are harder to distinguish, though I hold the hues fall more red than blue, and what black may Be in her is a note of singed cedar, or a bit of 1988 Kingsford.
This is not a big wine, though of course size is a relative descriptor—even when concerning physical dimensions.. Though neither is it small. It has been overrated, though, based on my bottle 1, by some wine professionals.
It’s like you got lucky picking among dusty four or five year old St. Emilions for 50 franks (series 1992) in a Parisian alimentation because thank Christ there’s good fruit, fine strength (for 12 clams), and none of that iodine/band-aid must from the stems (and the sweaty paws of the berry pickers) you suppose.
It is light, tight and old world and would kill with a steak frites. (Stick with the “Big Wine” from this haus— it’s printed right on the label.)
April 20, 2018 - 2008 Napa Cab Retrospective (Fresno): Subtle nose, some peppers but clearly new world, I believe this was another great cab overshadowed by others in the tasting.
April 4, 2018 - Pop and pour. Ready to go in 30 min. Great nose of dark fruits and spice. Palate is full and balanced. Long silky finish. Bravo!