Kapcsándy Family Winery is a wine producer located in the Yountville sub-appellation of Napa Valley, California. It is particularly well-known for its Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon blends, which can reach some high prices and are sold mostly through allocation. The State Lane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon has had 100-point scores from top wine critic Robert Parker for several vintages.
The estate was established by Lou Kapcsándy, who had fled his home country of Hungary in the 1950s. In the U.S. he became a petroleum and pharmaceutical engineer, and in his spare time developed a passion for fine French wine. In 2000, he bought the 8-hectare (20-acre) State Lane Vineyard in Yountville which had previously belonged to Beringer but had been ripped out after an outbreak of phylloxera in 1999. Kapcsándy replanted it to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot, and produced the first vintage in 2004.
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The vineyard is more densely planted than most in Napa, which encourages competition between the vines, leading to more intensely flavored fruit. A range of wines is made from this fruit, including the flagship Cabernet Sauvignon, the Merlot-based Roberta’s Reserve, and an Estate Cuvee Bordeaux Blend. Kapcsándy also makes a more approachable wine called Endre, a rosé, and a fortified dessert wine called Vino del Sol.
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