2008 Cabernet Sauvignon - Grand Vin

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon - Grand Vin

AppellationYountville, Napa Valley
Barrel Age20 months. 98% French oak, 2% Hungarian oak. 85% new.
Blend87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot

The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon - Grand Vin landed 2nd place (behind our 2008 Roberta's Reserve) in Vinous.com's 10 Year Retrospective Tasting by Stephen Tanzer (out of over 150 wines tasted), demonstrating that our wines will age gracefully for decades.

*article published in May 2018*

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon - Grand Vin


Robert Parker, Jr. - December 2010

Another perfect wine (identical to the 2007) is the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin State Lane Vineyard. Composed of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot (430 cases produced), this is an exquisite wine of great precision and profound concentration and complexity. It possesses an inky/purple color in addition to an ethereal nose of cassis, chocolate, burning embers, espresso and forest floor. Sweet tannins, a multidimensional mouthfeel, full-bodied power and good structure as well as freshness make for a prodigious example of wine that will benefit from 4-5 years of cellaring, but will keep for 25-30 years. This is an awesome effort, particularly after what the Kapcsandy family achieved in 2007.

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon - Grand Vin


Stephen Tanzer, "Vintage Retrospective: The 2008 Napa Valley Cabernets"

Featured on Vinous.com - May 2018

Deep ruby-red. Blacker on the nose than the Roberta's Reserve, offering aromas of cassis, blackberry, plum jam, licorice, bitter chocolate and graphite minerality. Much more clenched too and developing at a snail's pace, displaying outstanding depth and a restrained opulence to its flavors of dark fruits, licorice and minerals. The serious tannins arrive late, then build steadily and gain in sweetness. This wine, too, was made from seven-year-old vines.