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2003 State Lane Vineyard Proprietary Red

"This deep plum/purple-colored, fully mature 2003 offers complex notes of chocolate (100% new Taransaud barrels were used), espresso, plums and black currants. The tannins are soft and the wine is medium-bodied with a nice mid-palate (often a deficiency in vintages that have such extreme weather conditions), and a long, fresh finish. While not the greatest wine Kapcsandy has ever made, readers should remember that more recent vintages include a lot more Merlot and Cabernet Franc as well as a touch of Petit Verdot included in the blend. The 2003 can be enjoyed now, but should hold for at least another ten years. The debut vintage from the Kapcsandy family, this blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot (13.5% alcohol) represented only eight barrels (or 175 cases). It was vinified, fermented and raised at the Martinelli winery by the consultant at that time, Helen Turley and her husband John Wetlaufer." 93 points - Robert Parker - June 2013 Wine Advocate 

Production Notes

Appellation: Yountville (Napa Valley), CA
Barrel Age: 20 Months in new French Oak
Blend: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot
Alcohol: 13.5%
pH: 3.64
Production (750ml): 145 cases
2003 State Lane Vineyard Proprietary Red


Wine Advocate # 168

A breakthrough effort, the 2004 Proprietary Red Wine State Lane Vineyard is a combination of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. Its dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by lovely, evolved aromas of blueberries, black currants, white chocolate, licorice, and pain grille. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, finely etched, and impeccably well-balanced, with abundant amounts of sweet fruit, it should evolve for another 15-20 years.

Wine Spectator

Firm, intense and concentrated, showing rich, focused currant, anise, blackberry and spicy, cedary, toasty oak, with hints of violet and wild berry. Impressive finish, where the fruit and tannins are well-integrated. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best from 2009 through 2014. 900 cases made. –JL

Wine Advocate # 168

There are only about 200 cases of the debut vintage, the 2003 Proprietary Red Wine State Lane Vineyard (a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot). The Kapcsandys were unsure whether or not they would release this effort, but it has actually aged reasonably well, coming across as a dark ruby-colored, medium-bodied, floral-infused effort with plenty of sweet fruit, aromatic complexity (it smells like a hypothetical blend of classified growth Margaux and Graves), and a fine finish. It should drink well for 10-15 years.