Kapcsandy Estate Cuvée State Lane Vineyard 2020
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Yountville|
The vineyard is planted four to five times more densely than is typical for Napa Valley – at 2,600 vines per acre, it emulates the “First Growths” of Bordeaux. With this higher-density spacing, the vines produce smaller berries with higher skin-to-juice ratios and more intense flavors and aromas. This spacing also induces natural stressing of the vines without artificial human interventions, such as limiting irrigation or withholding critical nutrients.
Incorporating 5% Merlot and brought in before the Glass fire, the 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Cuvée is an outstanding effort that certainly appears to be smoke-free. Cassis, ripe plums, graphite, and tobacco define the aromatics, and it's medium to full-bodied, with ripe tannins and outstanding length. This is the only 2020 released and just 300 cases were produced.