“The 2009 Endre is a major step up in quality from the 2008 I tasted alongside it. The wine reveals lovely fleshiness and depth in its dark fruit, tobacco and spices. I especially like the way the Endre fleshes out on the finish. The 2009 is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017.” Antonio Galloni, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
"A super-impressive wine for the year, the 2011 Endre is drop-dead gorgeous. Freshly cut flowers, mint, sweet tobacco, cherries and dried plums all meld together in a silky, polished wine long on class and finesse. There are just 200 cases, and I am told pricing will remain in line with previous vintages, making the 2011 Endre a fabulous value within the context of first-class Napa Valley wines."
Here's one for the cellar. It's a big, dry, muscular wine, assertive in tannins, with mineral-driven blackberry and black currant flavors. Muscular and intense, it should provide great drinking starting in 2015 and for many years after. A very great expression of its vineyard, which is basically the old Beringer State Lane Vineyard. S.H.
According to Lou Kapcsándy, this is not a second wine, but another wine. "We put as much efforts in this wine as in the other wines, it's just a wine with a lighter and more fruity body and leaner palate, made to be enjoyed earlier", winemaker Denis malbec told me on my last visit at the estate. It's a blend of about 55 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 25 percent Merlot, 15 percent Cabernet Franc and a splash of Petit Verdot, all grapes from the estate vineyard. The wine was matured in French oak barrels, 80 percent new, for about 20 months.
As the intention was explained to me, this wine is clean and fruit forward with a sweet dark berry scent, quite elegant and easy to drink thanks to its lean texture with just a fine tannic structure. Style wise it's related to the more serious wines (sorry for this comment, Denis) of Kapcsándy, but it doesn't have the weight or the mid palate, or the intensity of flavor or the length. However, it's good and very drinkable wine.
Drink it 2012-2018