Kapcsándy Family Winery

Grand Vin State Lane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

9.413 ratings
9.63 pro ratings
Yountville, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
Mike R
9.3

Again sorry forgot to take picture so stock photo - was afraid it was flat but was better after sitting in the glass - finish was not what I had hoped

Again sorry forgot to take picture so stock photo - was afraid it was flat but was better after sitting in the glass - finish was not what I had hoped

Jul 19th, 2018
Antonio Galloni

Founder, Vinous

10

Happy 4th of July! Three American classics from a recent dinner in London. The Kapcsandy was as phenomenal as it has always been. Simply tremendous....

Happy 4th of July! Three American classics from a recent dinner in London. The Kapcsandy was as phenomenal as it has always been. Simply tremendous....

Jul 4th, 2018
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I have always adored the 2010 vintage in Napa Valley. Two thousand ten is significant because it is one of the first Napa vintages I reviewed in The Wine Advocate and the beginning of a serious obsession with trying to understand terroir in California that, among other things, resulted in our project to map the vineyards of Napa Valley to an extent that had never been done previously. From the moment I started tasting the 2010s, it was obvious the wines were extraordinary. The weather was unusually cold and damp for most of the growing season. Perhaps for that reason, many observers totally missed the quality of the wines, including one prestigious American publication that bestowed a low rating on the vintage. I can still remember the outcry on the Parker bulletin board when we published reviews for the 2010s. How could a cold year produce so many high-scoring wines, readers wondered. Well, as it turns out, a late-season heat spike appeared at just the right time to push the fruit to full ripeness. Growers who deleafed aggressively were burned by the heat, but those who were more prudent in the field made truly deep, profound wines. The best 2010s combine the structure of a cool year with the ripeness and fruit intensity of a warm vintage, a combination that is incredibly appealing.

I have had the good fortune to taste Kapcsándy’s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin on many occasions, from both bottle and magnum. Here, in London, 5,300 miles away from Yountville, the wine is simply extraordinary. Then again, Kapcsándy’s State Lane Vineyard is widely considered one of the top sites in Napa Valley. Of all the bottles on the table, the Kapcsándy garners the most rapturous attention because of its stunning beauty and the surprise it delivers to an audience weaned mostly on European wines. Quite simply, the 2010 Grand Vin remains a towering achievement from Lou Kapcsándy, his son Louis, and their late winemaker, the super-talented Denis Malbec. All I can say is… wow! (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, May 2018)

I have always adored the 2010 vintage in Napa Valley. Two thousand ten is significant because it is one of the first Napa vintages I reviewed in The Wine Advocate and the beginning of a serious obsession with trying to understand terroir in California that, among other things, resulted in our project to map the vineyards of Napa Valley to an extent that had never been done previously. From the moment I started tasting the 2010s, it was obvious the wines were extraordinary. The weather was unusually cold and damp for most of the growing season. Perhaps for that reason, many observers totally missed the quality of the wines, including one prestigious American publication that bestowed a low rating on the vintage. I can still remember the outcry on the Parker bulletin board when we published reviews for the 2010s. How could a cold year produce so many high-scoring wines, readers wondered. Well, as it turns out, a late-season heat spike appeared at just the right time to push the fruit to full ripeness. Growers who deleafed aggressively were burned by the heat, but those who were more prudent in the field made truly deep, profound wines. The best 2010s combine the structure of a cool year with the ripeness and fruit intensity of a warm vintage, a combination that is incredibly appealing.

I have had the good fortune to taste Kapcsándy’s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin on many occasions, from both bottle and magnum. Here, in London, 5,300 miles away from Yountville, the wine is simply extraordinary. Then again, Kapcsándy’s State Lane Vineyard is widely considered one of the top sites in Napa Valley. Of all the bottles on the table, the Kapcsándy garners the most rapturous attention because of its stunning beauty and the surprise it delivers to an audience weaned mostly on European wines. Quite simply, the 2010 Grand Vin remains a towering achievement from Lou Kapcsándy, his son Louis, and their late winemaker, the super-talented Denis Malbec. All I can say is… wow! (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, May 2018)

Jun 5th, 2018
Seth Kaufman

Thought this was very nice

Thought this was very nice

Dec 26th, 2016
Eric LaMasters

In honor of Denis Malbec.

In honor of Denis Malbec.

Apr 20th, 2016
Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bum

Finishing off the weekend appropriately,
This needed a few more years, but still worth opening,

Finishing off the weekend appropriately,
This needed a few more years, but still worth opening,

Oct 19th, 2014
Leo Hernández Téllez

Great power, elegance, finesse and balance! Tannins are a bit firm but will age very well. Outstanding wine and one of my favorite producers in the NV!

Great power, elegance, finesse and balance! Tannins are a bit firm but will age very well. Outstanding wine and one of my favorite producers in the NV!

Jun 5th, 2014
Erik Ackerman

Erik had this 2 years ago

Erik had this 2 years ago

Nov 6th, 2016
Leo Hernández Téllez

Leo had this 2 months ago

Leo had this 2 months ago

Dec 28th, 2018
Jennifer Joensen

Jennifer had this 7 months ago

Jennifer had this 7 months ago

Jul 8th, 2018