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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

NOVEMBER 2017

23 VINTAGES

KAPCSÁNDY FAMILY WINERY

ESTATE CUVÉE 2013

State Lane Vineyard, Yountville

Appellation, Napa Valley

TASTING NOTE: The 2013 Estate

Cuvée is dark, powerful and explosive,

but also super-refined. Floral and spice

notes appear first, followed by a host of

balsamic-inflected overtones. Beams

of tannin and acidity give the wine much

of its energy, but the Estate Cuvée is,

above all else, a wine of exquisite purity

and finesse. I will not be surprised to see

the 2013 show even better in another

few years. With time in the glass, the

2013 fleshes out a touch, but the best is

yet to come. The blend is 67% Cabernet

Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 5% Cabernet

Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Drinking

window: 2018-2033. Score:

96

(Antonio

Galloni,

vinous.com

, Oct. 2015)

464248 (XD) 750 mL $320.00

KAPCSÁNDY FAMILY WINERY

GRAND VIN CABERNET SAUVIGNON

2013

State Lane Vineyard, Yountville

Appellation, Napa Valley

Antonio Galloni awarded this wine a rating

of

99

points and suggested a drinking

window extending from 2020 through

2033. (

vinous.com

, Oct. 2015)

TASTING NOTE: Little can be added to

the greatness of the 2013 Cabernet

Sauvignon Grand Vin, a blend of 87%

Cabernet Sauvignon, 12%Merlot and

1% Petit Verdot. The wine (600 cases)

is truly stunning in its dense, crème

de cassis and blackberry-scented nose

with a hint of barbecue smoke and

forest floor. Tasting like a ripe vintage

of Château Latour from Pauillac, the

wine has amazing richness and a savory,

expansive mouthfeel, but tiptoes across

the palate like a ballerina. A wine of

magnificent richness and intensity, but

vibrancy, purity and overall equilibrium,

this is a staggeringly great wine and

another tribute to the Kapcsándy family’s

extraordinary professionalism and

meticulous attention to detail in their

vineyard. Score:

100

(Robert Parker Jr.,

robertparker.com

, Oct. 28, 2016)

470922 (XD) 750 mL $1,039.00

KERR CELLARS RESERVE 2013

Napa Valley

TASTING NOTE: The proprietary red

blends were spectacular, starting with

the 2013 Reserve Proprietary Red, which

is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon

from the Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper

Vineyard and the rest Merlot from the

Houyi Vineyard on Pritchard Hill. A

stunning fragrance of black raspberries,

blueberry liqueur, creosote and incense,

the wine hits the palate with stunning

purity, full-bodied richness, great

penetration and overall equilibrium.

This is a sensational, world-class red

capable of evolving for the next 30 or

more years. Score:

98

(Robert Parker Jr.,

robertparker.com

, Oct. 28, 2016)

530956 (XD) 750 mL $265.00

LA JOTA HOWELL MOUNTAIN

MERLOT 2013

Napa Valley

TASTING NOTE: The 2013 Merlot Howell

Mountain is a blend of 91% Merlot and

the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit

Verdot, aged in 80% new French oak.

The wine is dense and exhibits loads of

mocha, lead-pencil shavings, black cherry

and Asian plum spices as well as some

sauce-like characteristics in a full-bodied,

opulent, very fleshy and dense style.

This is stick-to-your-ribs, mouth-coating

Merlot to drink over the next 12-15

years. Drink Date: 2015-2030. Score:

94

(Robert Parker Jr.,

robertparker.com

,

Oct. 29, 2015)

360859 (XD) 750 mL $149.00