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2005 Kapcsandy Family Wines State Lane Vineyard Estate Cuvee

ITEM 8033584 - Removed from a temperature controlled wine cellar

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
frced 1 $105 $105
3 $105
Item Sold Amount Date
I8066840 1 $100 Jan 16, 2022
I8059596 1 $100 Jan 9, 2022
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RATINGS

94Robert M. Parker Jr.

...gorgeous nose of chocolate-covered black cherries and hints of cedar and licorice, medium to full body, superb richness and weight, and moderate tannins.

91Wine Spectator

Tightly wound, yet weaves together a complex maze of dried currant, savory herb, cedar, spice and loamy earth flavors that are intense, focused, young and compact.

90Stephen Tanzer

Aromas of blackberry, graphite, licorice, tar and violet. Quite suave and bright on the palate, with an enticing inner-mouth lavender character lifting the dark berry, tar, fresh herb and bitter chocolate flavors.

PRODUCER

Kapcsandy Family Wines

Kapcsandy Family Winery, in Yountville, was founded in 2000 when Lou and Roberta Kapcsandy and their son Louis Jr. purchased the historic 20-acre State Lane Vineyard. The vineyard for decades had been the source of grapes used by Beringer Estate to make the much-admired State Lane Cabernet Sauvignon. Phylloxera destroyed the vines in 1999, so in 2001 the Kapcsandys hired winemaker Helen Turley and her viticulturalist husband John Wetlaufer to assess the property. The vineyard was replanted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Helen Turley made the first vintages in 2003 and 2004. Tony Arcudi is the consulting winemaker today. Lou Kapcsandy’s journey from penniless, European refugee to the founder of a widely admired California winery reads like a movie script. Born in Budapest, Hungary, Kapcsandy fled Hungary after the Russians invaded in 1956. Admitted into a New Jersey refugee camp, he got a job working the night shift at a Brooklyn bakery while completing a degree in chemical engineering. He later served in the U.S. Army and was also a member of the San Diego Chargers professional football team before pursuing his career in petroleum and pharmaceuticals process engineering. He became the head of Baugh Enterprises, a large commercial contractor based in Seattle, before retiring in 2003. The estate’s Cabernet Sauvignons have impressed critics, including Robert M. Parker Jr., who rated the most recent vintages at 100 pts. Parker has complimented the Kapcsandys for their “perfectionist philosophy.”

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley

Napa Valley AVA is the most famous winemaking region in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world. With nearly 43,000 acres of vineyards and more than 300 wineries, it is the heart of fine wine production in the United States. Winemaking started in Napa in 1838 when George C. Yount planted grapes and began producing wine commercially. Other winemaking pioneers followed in the late 19th century, including the founders of Charles Krug, Schramsberg, Inglenook and Beaulieu Vineyards. An infestation of phylloxera, an insect that attacks vine roots, and the onset of Prohibition nearly wiped out the nascent Napa wine industry in the early 20th century. But by the late 1950s and early 1960s Robert Mondavi and other visionaries were producing quality wines easily distinguishable from the mass-produced jug wines made in California’s Central Valley. Napa Valley’s AVA was established in 1983, and today there are 16 sub-appellations within the Napa Valley AVA. Many grapes grow well in Napa’s Mediterranean climate, but the region is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay is also very successfully cultivated, and about 30% of the AVA’s acreage is planted to white grapes, with the majority of those grapes being Chardonnay,