I have mentioned several times in past posts that I was reading a Food & Wine magazine some years ago, perhaps 2005 or 2006, and came across an article on the next “California Cult” wines. There were six or seven mentioned and the author was recommending that you join these various mailing lists. His prediction was that they were going to be really great wines and you would never get as good a chance as now to get their wines. One of the wines reported on was the Kapcsándy Family Winery.
Well, I took the author’s advice and joined Kapcsándy’s mailing list (and several others). Am I ever glad I did (well, until I write my check) because they are making some wonderful wines and their mailing list is full and it will take a long time to get off their waiting list. Their ratings indicate some of the best wines in Napa Valley. They are real “rock stars,” as they say.
There has been much written and publicized about Lou Kapcsándy’s success. It is said that his story is a “classic American story on how to succeed in the land of opportunity with hard work and determination.” These words were taken from their write-up on their website. I recommend that you visit the Kapcsándy Family Winery website at www.kapcsandywines.com and under the vineyard and winery section, you can check out “Our Story” and read the interesting history of Lou Kapcsándy and his winery.
I began purchasing Kapcsándy wines with the 2004 Estate Cuvée release. I am pleased to have cellared a number of their wines including the three 100-point Cabernet Sauvignons from 2007, 2008 and 2012. Quite an accomplishment! Needless to say, if you get the opportunity to purchase or taste any of the Kapcsándy Family wines, you will not want to pass up that opportunity. Some of their wines are available through their website while others you have to be on their mailing list to purchase.
Over time, I will review a number of their wines, but today I want to tell you about their first 100-point Cabernet as rated by Robert Parker, the 2007 Kapcsándy Family Winery Cabernet Sauvignon – Grand Vin State Lane Vineyard.
I went to my standard internet sites to research this wine and found that in addition to Robert Parker’s perfect 100-point rating, Stephen Tanzer rated it at 96/100, Wine Spectator magazine rated it at 94/100 and wine-seacher.com’s average rating was 97/100.
There is a little discrepancy on the cost of the wine at the time of release: Parker says it was $150 and Wine Spectator says the release price was $250. The release price doesn’t really matter to me as much as what the current selling price is. Wine-searcher.com lists four wine shops that have the wine for sale from $449 to $450 per bottle with an average market price of $519 and an overall market price range of $450 to $610 per bottle. That shows you what a high rating score can do to the price of a bottle of wine. That is pretty good appreciation in value if you paid $150 for a bottle at the time of release. And yes, there are places to sell the wine in small lots and take advantage of the appreciation in value. Generally it will cost you a fee of about 25% to 30% of the sale price.
Here are some words to describe this Cabernet: “stunning,” “fabulous” and “wonderful.” Robert Parker described it as “absolutely riveting.” Need I say more? It is simply a great wine! As a wine nut, it is exciting to write about this wine.
It is a blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. There were 300 cases bottled. If you got one of those 300 cases, you were really lucky.
Now to the wine: The color is deep, dark red-purple. On the nose, there are amazing aromas of super ripe berry fruits, flowers and perhaps a hint of coffee. On the palate, it is phenomenal and it changes right in your mouth. All of the aromas seem to burst open in your mouth. The mouth feel is well balanced and the finish is very long with good tannins and a little spice. The finish seems to go on and on. Just think: this wine can only get better with age. It should drink well over the next 20 to 25 years!
Future Wine Dinners & Tastings
March 10 – McCarthy’s featuring Three Clicks Wines
March 12 – St. Patrick’s Day Tasting Event at Chalet Party Shoppe on CR 17 in Elkhart (6 to 8 pm)
March 18 –
Uptown Kitchen featuring Eric Kent wines CANCELLED! TO BE RESCHEDULED!
March 19 – A Taste of Romance, Wine and Stories of Love at the History Museum, South Bend (7 p.m.)
April 14 – Lucchese’s featuring Glenwood Cellars and wines from the Tiedemann Wines portfolio – This event has been cancelled! April 23 – Uptown Kitchen featuring craft beer from Iechyd Da and wines from the Tiedemann Wines portfolio — This event has been cancelled!
May 7 – McCarthy’s featuring craft beer from Iechyd Da and Eric Kent wines
May 7 – Mother’s Day Tasting Event at Chalet Party Shoppe on CR 17 in Elkhart (6 to 8 pm)
May 26 – Lucchese’s featuring White Oak wines
June 11 – Uptown Kitchen featuring White Oak wines
June 11 – Summer Tasting Event at Chalet Party Shoppe on CR 17 in Elkhart (6 to 8 pm)
June 16 – McCarthy’s featuring Glenwood Cellars wines and the Tiedemann Red
June 23 – Lucchese’s featuring craft beer from Iechyd Da and wines from the Tiedemann Wines portfolio
July 11 – 13th Annual Charity Tasting Event & Silent Auction at Chalet Party Shoppe on CR 17 in Elkhart (2 to 5 pm)
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