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2004 State Lane Vineyard Proprietary Red

98 Points - Robert Parker
April 2014 

In 2005, the Kapcsandy family put the words “Grand Vin” on the label and began to produce at least three separate cuvees. This 2004 was a tiny crop for them, largely harvested August 30 to mid-September, because of the extraordinary heat wave (104 to 109 degrees between September 5-8). The final blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot was a rarity given the fact that production from the vineyard was subdivided into other cuvees starting in 2005. The 2004 performed spectacularly and the good news is that 1,200-1,300 cases were produced. Showing better than it did in its infancy, this blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot has an inky purple color as well as notes of lead pencil shavings and scorched earth that resemble a great Graves, blackberry and creme de cassis fruit, licorice and subtle smoky barbecue. It also reveals a full-bodied texture, stunning concentration and beautiful richness. This is the only time the Kapcsandys made this particular blend and it certainly is performing incredibly well at age ten. It’s one of the superstars of the vintage and should continue to drink well for another 15-20 years. 

Production Notes

Appellation: Yountville (Napa Valley), CA
Barrel Age: 20 months in 100% new French Oak
Blend: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40 % Merlot
Alcohol: 14.5%
pH: 3.60
Release Date: November 2006
Production (750ml): 900 cases
Production (Magnums): 220 bottles
2004 State Lane Vineyard Proprietary Red

Press

95
POINTS
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.

93
POINTS
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

90
POINTS
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.