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Vintage 2012 / 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

  Bryant’s flagship wine, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from the estate vineyard on Pritchard Hill offers a rare but magnificent forest floor/floral aromatic profile with lavishly rich, ripe notes of crème de cassis, blueberry and black raspberry liqueur. Fleshy, opulent, full-bodied and multidimensional, it conceals some significant tannins behind its wealth of extract and fruit. From a first-growth quality, hillside vineyard (13 acres), this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is gorgeously pure as well as impeccably well-balanced with a seamless integration of tannin, acidity, alcohol and wood. In fact, the new oak component, which is significant, is largely obliterated by the wine’s stunning fruit. This majestic Cabernet Sauvignon should age effortlessly for 25-30 years. (RP)   (12/2014) 

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

  The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is silky, layered and very polished throughout. Red cherry, spice cake, crushed flowers and mint are laced together in a gracious, mid-weight Cabernet Sauvignon. Hints of orange peel and cinnamon add an exotic flair as the wine opens up. Bryant's 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is quite pretty, but it should really be more than that. It should be viscerally thrilling in the way the best vintages are.  (12/2014)

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One of the most concentrated yet opulent Cabernet Sauvignons in the world. A blockbuster wine with great elegance. The wine has an immense balance, with jammed cassis fruit, lovely acidity and super, smooth tannins. Due to its high concentration and density, it prefers ten to fifteen years of cellaring before delivering its best. 

Located 1500 feet up on Pritchard Hill, Bryant Family’s 10-acre vineyard enjoys a unique terroir. The western winds bring the cooling air to the site allowing 5 to 10 degrees cooler growing conditions, which in turn keeps the acidity levels high. The poor, rocky terrain provides very little nutrients and water to the vines that yield grapes with a higher concentration. Yet the hillside orientation treats the vines equally when it comes to distribution of sunlight. 

 

Philosophy in winemaking Bryant Family’s philosophy seems to be based on super low yields in order to obtain maximum concentration in the grapes. The naturally boosted grapes are then vinified using modern technology in gravity-oriented winery facilities. Part of the success story of the Bryant Family wines has been the winemaking team, which has always been led by highly appreciated wine consultants. The famous Helen Turley was the first of these, followed by Philippe Melka, Mark Aubert and now Todd Alexander together with Michel Rolland.

 

Donald L. Bryant, Jr., is driven by the pursuit excellence and realizing the full potential of his extraordinary Pritchard Hill estate. Investing in his passion for wine, the St. Louis businessman acquired the 13-acre vineyard overlooking Lake Hennessey in the late 1980s and replanted it with 100% Cabernet Sauvignon using modern viticulture practices. The first vintage was released in 1992, and soon after Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon won critical acclaim and became internationally recognized as a world-class wine. Don Bryant’s goal is to celebrate the first-growth vineyard terroir while paying homage to the great winemaking traditions of Bordeaux.

Bettina Bryant was appointed President of the winery in 2014, after serving as Vice President for more than five years. Bettina is committed to honoring the legacy her husband Don has created at Bryant Family Vineyard. Bettina’s varied prior experience as a film producer, consultant, art curator and American Ballet Theatre dancer provide her with extensive knowledge and skill in executive management, strategic business development as well as an appreciation for the artistic considerations of the winemaking process. She is committed to ensuring stylistic consistency and producing wines of the highest quality and she is dedicated to the long-term stewardship of the land.

 

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Bryant Family Vineyard is located at the northern end of Prichard Hill and overlooks Lake Hennessey. The vineyard’s west-facing slope is perfectly positioned to capture the prevailing cool lake breezes, while also providing protection from drying canyon winds. The unique combination of rocky Sobrante soil, sunlight, cool breezes, soil depth and meticulous farming site to yield wines of exceptional quality.

 

David Abreu is a third generation Napa Valley native whose interest in farming dates back to his youth. He founded David Abreu Vineyard Management in 1980, and has since built a reputation for meticulous vineyard care with the sole aim of making the best wine possible from any given site. With more than 12 years working with our vineyard, David and his team have intimate experience with the property and farm it to perfection. David’s knowledge, standard of excellence and superb palate make him a tremendous asset to the Bryant Family Vineyard team.

Lucia Howell Mountain is one of three exceptional vineyards from which BETTINA is sourced. Located at an elevation of 2,100 feet, the vineyard consists of Aiken volcanic soils strewn with rhyolite pebbles. A cool site with excellent sun exposure, the Lucia Howell Mountain soils display a compelling combination of richness and minerality, creating BETTINA’s powerful structure and lucid aromatics.

 

Madrona Vineyard is one of three exceptional vineyards from which BETTINA is sourced. Situated on the western outskirts of St. Helena where the valley meets the hills, Madrona Ranch’s prime location is ideal for accumulating sloughed-off soil from the adjacent mountain. With a soil combination of Pleasanton and Aiken loams, the vineyard’s dark and intense fruit fleshes out the wine and delivers a structured weight to the wine’s mid-palate.

 

Thorevilos Vineyard is one of three exceptional vineyards from which BETTINA is sourced. Located on a west-facing slope in the eastern hills of St. Helena, the Thorevilos Vineyard’s white tufa rock and volcanic clays help create well-drained, mineral-rich soils. The resulting fruit from this vineyard displays strong varietal characteristics, which help to build the backbone of the BETTINA wine.

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Michel Rolland has been a valued member of the Bryant Family Vineyard team for more than 10 years. Considered the most esteemed wine consultant in the world, Rolland provides a wealth of experience, an outside perspective, as well as expert palate. His exceptional talent in the blending process has solidified the Bryant Family Vineyard signature style.

Marc Gagnon was appointed Bryant Family Vineyard’s winemaker in 2014, Marc Gagnon’s experience spans two continents and several world-class wineries. He has worked alongside some of the world’s most highly renowned winemakers and consultants, including Michel Rolland, Thomas Rivers Brown, Andy Erickson and Nick Gislason. Most recently, Marc was the Assistant Winemaker for Screaming Eagle and has also held winemaking positions New Zealand’s Craggy Range and Napa’s Round Pond Winery. He has a deep appreciation for the Bryant vineyard and is honored to play a significant role in the winery’s continuing legacy. He received a Bachelor’s of Science Viticulture and Enology from the University of California at Davis, graduating with Honors and receiving the Wine Spectator Heritage Mentorship. Marc also holds Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Santa Clara University.

Kathryn "KK" Carothers joined Bryant Family Vineyard as a harvest intern and has since been promoted to Enologist and then Assistant Winemaker in 2014. A graduate of New York’s Cornell University, K.K. first became interested in wine after her Horticulture Professor suggested she take his Introduction to Viticulture and Enology course. Prior to joining Bryant Family, she worked harvests at wineries in New York, Napa Valley, France and Australia.

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 Zhenzhen Fu, Pro (China)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bryant Family Vineyard . In a tasting of  12 wines 

Tasted some of the greates Napa Valley wines. Surprisingly the best one for me was Bevan Cellars Sugarloaf Mountain 2012 / Thick, opaque, ruby colour with enormous viscosity. Huge nose! Powerful, spicy and surprisingly vegetal with nutmeg and Asian spicy aromas. The full-bodied palate surprises again with moderately high acidity. Big chewy tannins are forming solid backbone to intense dark fruitiness. Spices, licorice, nutmeg and cacao with bitter chocolate flavours are all well pronounced in mineral finish. Big wine with no flabbiness thanks to delightful minerality. Drinking well now but will keep still for decades. 97 points

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 Marie-Helen Krebs, Sommelier (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bryant Family Vineyard . In a tasting of  12 wines 

A "petite" 2010 vintage tasting with perfect Le Pin and other gems!

1m 4d ago

 Doug Hill / Wine Importer, Pro (Canada)  tasted  2 wines  from  Bryant Family Vineyard . In a tasting of  22 wines 

Tasting Napa vintages 2010 and 2011 - both great to drink already.

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 Robert Langer, Wine Collector (Germany)  tasted  4 wines  from  Bryant Family Vineyard . In a tasting of  28 wines 

“Napa Tasting with 5 vintages (1994-1998) Bryant, Abreu, Colgin, Maya and Harlan.”

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 Li Yong Liú, Wine Dealer (China)  tasted  2 wines  from  Bryant Family Vineyard . In a tasting of  29 wines 

“Harlan Estate 1997 -perfect 100 points: Good looking normal size bottle in perfect condition with by the neck level. Colour is ruby red and deep. On the nose it is intense, open, fresh, refined, complex and charming. The taste is harmonious, focused, ripe, vivid, with silky tannins, full-bodied, with perfectly balanced, complex, good texture and concentrated structure. On the palate it is layered and has blackberry, honey, leather, licorice, meaty, mineral, herbs, earthy, dried-fruit, toasty, truffles and tobacco flavours. The finish is endless, lingering and flavorful. This wine is transparent, intelligent and masterpiece. I paid around 3k$ a bottle. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 10-15 years and decant at least 2h before tasting. Good value for money.”

1y 4m ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bryant Family Vineyard . In a tasting of  30 wines 

“My notes started out with the universally accepted .Ooooooooooooo, plus or minus an o or two. This was very nutty in the nose, in an oily way this time, and was very rich and almost creamy. The palate was enormous, especially the concentration of fruit. The oily texture of the fruit was amazing and really left an impression. The nose got more and more complex, and the wine had great t .n a. The palate was .so f.ing delicious,. I put. Sometimes, less is more when it comes to the pen. It was beefy and oily with traces of toasted brown sugar. Yum - 97 points Bruno Giacosa Le Rocche del Falletto 1990.”

1y 8m ago

 Wallace Shawn / Wine Investing Consult, Wine Dealer (Luxembourg)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bryant Family Vineyard . In a tasting of  6 wines 

“The 1999 harvest was a perfect complement to the great Barolo vintages of the 1990s. An excellent vintage despite humidity in August that caused some rot problems. Sandrone had a marvellous year. Luciano Sandrone is a true grape grower guarding his vines’ health and maximising grape quality. In the cellar he combines tradition with innovation. His wines are true terroir wines with balanced use of French oak and fairly short maceration periods.
Sandrone's Le Vigne is a blend from several vineyards. Elegant nose of perfume, cherries and boysenberries. Layers of elegant fruitiness backed up by a touch of spicy oak. Velvelty mouthfeel with a great tannic grip. Superb intensity and finesse which are complemented by the wine’s mineral character. Starting to show its full potential but will peak after a decade. Sandrones are hard to find, but worthwhile the search! 96 points

1y 9m ago

 Wallace Shawn / Wine Investing Consult, Wine Dealer (Luxembourg)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bryant Family Vineyard . In a tasting of  24 wines 

“Some 2012 Napa cabs - Bryant Family and Colgin were stars of the night:
Bryant Family 2012, Bottle in a excellent condition and has by the neck level. Colour is ruby red, bright and full. On the nose it is intense, fresh, seductive and rich. The taste is focused, refined, with silky tannins. Full-bodied, with balanced good texture and concentrated structure. On the palate it is layered and has dried-fruit, raspberry, truffles, tropical fruits, blackcurrant, spice, smoky and cigar-box flavours. The finish is long, extensive, flavorful and pure. This wine is intelligent, sophisticated and fine. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 10-15 years and decant at least 2h before tasting. 95 points”

1y 9m ago

 Mario Sculatti / Sleeping Lady Vineyard, Wine Maker (United States)  tasted  2 wines  from  Bryant Family Vineyard . In a tasting of  16 wines 

“G Major 7 Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 98 points / It is blended from selected fruit off the 575 ovx vineyard and is named after a classic jazz guitar chord. Like its namesake, it is composed of four of the five classic Bordeaux varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot and Merlot. G Major 7 is highly nuanced and provides a profound sense of elegance and complexity, changing with every swirl and sip. The nose reflects subtle floral notes, which develop into deep, crushed berry and earth flavors on the palate. Its tannins are refined and seamlessly integrated. The aging potential is 25 plus years.”

1y 10m ago

 Jon Grant / Sommelier, Pro (Mexico)  tasted  2 wines  from  Bryant Family Vineyard . In a tasting of  17 wines 

“Blanket 2010 / Good looking normal size bottle and is in a excellent condition. Colour is ruby red, and looking healthy, evolved and deep. On the nose it is wide, refined and seductive. The taste is focused, elegant, fragrant, and average in acidity, full-bodied, with balanced, good texture, complex structure and developing. On the palate it is layered and has floral, mineral, tobacco, violet, herbs, honey and leather flavours. The finish is long, round, flavorful and vibrant. This wine is sophisticated, transparent and excellent. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 10-15 years and decant at least 2h before tasting.”

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  6 wines  from  Bryant Family Vineyard . In a tasting of  6 wines 

““Tasting the latest vintages of Bryant Family Vineyards with winemaker Marc Gagnon was a real pleasure and unique experience. The vintages 2010, 2011 and 2012 were already very drinkable and delicious. Definitely one of the best Napa wines from those vintages.””

1y 10m ago

 Jason Lee / Sommelier, Pro (China)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bryant Family Vineyard . In a tasting of  15 wines 

“Musigny 1962 by Comte de Vogue. Good looking bottle. Ourhopes were very high. Medium color with good depth. Ripe, full, open nose with breathtaking fruity aromas. Full of personality and complexity. This is a fabulous oldish-wine, with a soul of fruit flavor.Very alive and voluptuous. Long and positive aftertaste. It stunned us all again and again. ”

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