Denis Malbec has a bunch of 100 Point wines in his repertoire, including two at Kapcsandy. The winery owner’s tale starts in Hungary where he escapes a bloody revolution in 1956 and winds up on the West Coast via stops in the Bay Area and Seattle. Fast forward his successful career chemical engineering and his passion and knowledge of old world wines brings him to France in the mid 1990′s where after a visit to Leoville Las Cases he decideds that owning a winery is in his blood. He purchased the “first growth” vineyard of State Lane and the rest we say is history. The Kapcsandy wines have become an icon overnight and wine lovers cannot imagine a cellar without it!
I was very impressed when I recently tasted the 2009 Endre. The wine’s aromas of black stone fruit, coffee, and a touch of spice greet you on impact. This full-bodied blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Syrah is lush, concentrated, yet meticulously balanced to adhere to the very high standards Lou Kapcsandy put on his winemaker. The wine rolls over the palate in a smooth fashion and ends in long, flavorful finish with silky tannins.