Our first vintage, this is our smallest production wine and is named in homage of our Hungarian heritage. "Rapszodia" is the Hungarian translation for "Rhapsody".
A rhapsody in music is a one-movement work that is episodic yet integrated, free-flowing in structure, includes contrasted moods, color and tonality, all of which offer a feeling of spontaneity.
99 points - Antonio Galloni - November 2013
"Warm, rich resonant and expressive, the 2010 emerges from the glass with exquisite aromatics, beautifully delineated fruit and stunning overall balance. All the elements are in the right place. Today, the 2010 Rapszodia is towering and utterly majestic from the very first taste. It is also one of the very best wines I have ever tasted at Kapcsandy. Firm tannins support and explosive finish layered with espresso, mocha, grilled herbs and smoke. I had previously tasted some of the component lots, but now that the blend is assembled and bottled, all I can say is that this is a superb wine. In a word: dazzling!"
98+ points - Robert Parker, Jr. - October 2013
"Is this the Cheval Blanc of Yountville? Aged in a combination of new French and Hungarian oak, it tips the scales at 14.5% alcohol, but there are only 135 cases produced. An awesome effort, it offers copious notes of peppery, spicy black currants and cherries intermixed with licorice, bay leaf and oak. This full-bodied, provocative, awesome wine will need some time to settle down, but it possesses incredible length and richness. Forget it for 5-7 years and drink it over the following two to three decades."
JebDunnuck.com - January 2019
“The 2016 Rapszodia is just about as good as it gets. This inky colored effort offers a truly sensational bouquet of blueberries, black currants, spring flowers, and graphite, with some subtle chocolaty oak and spice developing with time in the glass. While this cuvée was first made in 2010, it's only been 100% Cabernet Franc twice, once in 2015 and now in 2016. All about elegance and complexity, this perfectly balanced, layered wine is a tour de force in Cabernet Franc that will stand up with the greatest examples of this variety out there.”
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – October 2018
“The deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Rapszodia has a stunning perfume of red roses, black cherries, black raspberries and unsmoked cigars with nuances of cinnamon stick, pencil shavings and menthol. The palate is medium-bodied with fantastic mid-palate density and firm, ripe, finely grained tannins, finishing with loads of minerality and zip.”
Antonio Galloni, Vinous - December 2018
“The 2016 Rapszodia is super-expressive, especially in its aromatics. Bright red cherry, raspberry, rose petal, mint and blood orange all run through the 2016. Time in barrel has softened some of the rougher edges the 2016 showed in barrel. In 2016, Rapszodia is built on energy and persistence rather than size. Then again, these wines have always been about elegance more than power.”
Robert Parker, Jr. - October 2016
Another Cheval Blanc-like blend of 65% Cabernet Franc and 35% Merlot is the 2013 Rapszodia Proprietary Red, which has mind-blowing aromatics of blueberries, white flowers, raspberries and foresty notes in a fragrant, compelling scent of explosive perfume. Deep, concentrated, multidimensional, yet vibrant and super-concentrated, this is another tour de force, although only 150 cases were made of this superstar that finished at 13.8% natural alcohol. Drink it over the next 25-35 years.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous - December 2016
Kapcsándy's 2013 Rapszodia is simply tremendous. Dark, powerful and structured, the 2013 possesses huge depth backed by a vertical spine of tannin that give the wine its shape and energy. Layers of intense dark fruit, cloves, new leather and menthol soar out of the glass. Gravel and scorched earth notes add gravitas. Today, the 2013 Rapszodia is even better than it was last year, and also gives every impression it has room to grow. In a word: magnificent!
Antonio Galloni, Vinous - November 2013
The 2010 Rapszodia, a new Cabernet Franc/Merlot blend is spectacular. Warm, rich resonant and expressive, the 2010 emerges from the glass with exquisite aromatics, beautifully delineated fruit and stunning overall balance. All the elements are in the right place. Today, the 2010 Rapszodia is towering and utterly majestic from the very first taste. It is also one of the very best wines I have ever tasted at Kapcsandy. Firm tannins support and explosive finish layered with espresso, mocha, grilled herbs and smoke. I had previously tasted some of the component lots, but now that the blend is assembled and bottled, all I can say is that this is a superb wine. In a word: dazzling!
Robert Parker, Jr. - October 2013
A new entry in 2010 was the limited production Rapszodia, an equal part blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Is this the Cheval Blanc of Yountville? Aged in a combination of new French and Hungarian oak, it tips the scales at 14.5% alcohol, but there are only 135 cases produced. An awesome effort, it offers copious notes of peppery, spicy black currants and cherries intermixed with licorice, bay leaf and oak. This full-bodied, provocative, awesome wine will need some time to settle down, but it possesses incredible length and richness. Forget it for 5-7 years and drink it over the following two to three decades.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Parker's Wine Advocate - December 2017
Produced from 100% Cabernet Franc, the 2015 Rapszodia has a very deep garnet-purple color and nose of kirsch, cassis, blueberry tart and dark chocolate with hints of violets, pencil shavings, beef drippings and tilled soil. Medium-bodied, incredibly elegant and yet with super-intense red and black fruits, it has a firm structure of grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing long and minerally.
Jeb Dunnuck - December 2017
First made in the 2010, yet the first time it’s been 100% Cabernet Franc, the 2015 Rapszodia has a true “Wow” nose of ripe currant and cassis fruit intermixed with loads of spring flowers, damp earth, and a Graves-like damp earth/gravely minerality. With full-bodied richness, a gorgeous, layered texture, ultra-fine tannin, and a great finish, it’s going to sing for 20-25+ years.
A great effort and a showcase for Cabernet Franc is the 2012 Rapszodia. This is a blend of 90% Cabernet Franc from the heavy clay soils of their vineyard blended with 10% Merlot aged in 100% new French oak for 20 months and bottled without filtration. A stunning nose of acacia flowers, blueberry liqueur and blackberry is followed by a medium to full-bodied wine that’s amazingly intense, rich and concentrated, but surprisingly light on its feet weight-wise. The wine is full-bodied, but stunningly ethereal and sublime. This is a stunner, and a great example of what Cabernet Franc can do from a terrific terroir, great winemaking and élevage. Sadly, only 175 cases were produced. Look for this wine to continue to drink well for up to two decades.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous - October 2015
The 2012 Rapszodia speaks to finesse above all else. In this vintage, the Cabernet Franc is the highest ever (90%), which gives the wine much of its aromatic freshness, nuance and delineation. Sublime and finely-knit in the glass, the 2012 is a strikingly beautiful wine from the team at Kapcsándy. The blend is 90% Cabernet Franc and 10% Merlot.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous - January 2020
The 2017 Rapszodia, made from 100% Cabernet Franc, is absolutely gorgeous. Varietal aromatics jump from the glass in a bright, nuanced wine that dazzles from start to finish. Sweet herbs, tobacco, cedar, red plum and mocha are some of the many notes that develop in the glass. Tremendously rich and sumptuous, the 2017 has so much to offer. This is an impressive showing from Kapcsándy and easily one of the finer wines of the year.
Jeb Dunnuck - January 2020
Looking at the 2017 Rapszodia, this is all Cabernet Franc from the Kapcsandy Vineyard located around the estate. It has terrific Franc character in its spicy red and black fruits, forest floor, scorched earth, tobacco, and charcoal aromatics. Medium to full-bodied and nicely concentrated on the palate, with good acidity, it has firm, chewy tannins that warrant 3-4 years of bottle age.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous - December 2016
The 2014 Rapszodia, Kapcsándy's Cabernet Franc/Merlot blend, is once again utterly compelling. Cabernet Franc aromatics soar from the glass as this majestic, stunningly beautiful wine shows off its pedigree. Vivid, nuanced and finely sculpted, the 2014 hits all the right notes as the flavors and textures build into the huge, enveloping finish. This is the most impressive showing yet from the 2014. Here, too, interplay of richness and energy makes for a captivating wine.
Jeb Dunnuck - December 2017
The 2014 Rapszodia is the Saint-Emilion based cuvee of the estate (their reference is Ausone). Its deep purple color is followed by a thrilling bouquet of black cherries, currants, lead pencil shavings, spring flowers and a distinct minerality. As seamless, elegant and layered as they come, with fine, fine tannin, this full-bodied beauty will drink nicely for 15-20 years.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Parker's Wine Advocate - December 2017
The 2014 Rapszodia has a deep garnet-purple color and wonderfully spicy nose of cloves, vanilla and cinnamon stick over a core of red and black currants, black cherries and bay leaves. Medium to full-bodied with plenty of baking spice flavors complementing the ripe, expressive red and black berry flavors, it has a very fine-grained texture and plenty of freshness, finishing long.
Sweet tobacco, herbs, mint, licorice, new leather, smoke and incense are some of the many notes that flesh out in the 2011 Rapszodia. The 2011 is built in pure elegance and finesse. It doesn’t have the exuberance or power of the 2010, but in exchange the 2011 will be ready to drink much sooner. The silky, gracious finish leaves a lasting impression. In 2011, Rapszodia is 62% Cabernet Franc and 38% Merlot.