With multiple 100-Point scores under its belt, Kapcsándy’s Roberta’s Reserve is the gold standard in Napa Valley Merlot. The Wine Advocate said it has a “Medium to full-bodied, rich, opulent and seductive in the mouth, it has mouth-filling black and blue fruit with oodles of exotic spices, framed by velvety tannins and great freshness, finishing long,” and Vinous raved, “Dark, seamless and absolutely impeccable, the 2014 delivers the goods, big time.
Lou Kapcsándy has seen it all in his 80 years. He was a freedom fighter in the Hungarian revolution of 1956, a refugee from the Soviets, served proudly in the US Army, and had a highly successful career as a chemical engineer before starting his own Bordeaux import company with his son Louis Jr. in 1999. Lou first came to the Napa Valley in the early 1960s, so when in 2000 Yountville’s State Lane Vineyard—the core of so many great Beringer Private Reserve wines—became available, he pounced. He replanted the vineyard to tighter spacing, hired the late Denis Malbec of Château Latour as a consultant, and one of the great wines of the Napa Valley was born.
The 2014 Roberta's Reserve is superb. It only suffers through its placement in what is shaping up to be an epic set of wines from Kapcsándy. Mocha, dark chocolate, smoke, plum and black cherry flesh out in the glass. Dark, seamless and absolutely impeccable, the 2014 delivers the goods, big time.
Made from 97% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, the deep ruby/purple-colored 2014 Merlot Roberta's Reserve is another terrific Merlot, and my money is on it being the best example of this variety in the Valley. Blackberries, dried herbs, earth, and loads of chocolate give way to a full-bodied, opulent 2014 that has silky tannin, incredible purity and a great, great finish.