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According to Parker, “wine from this hillside vineyard near Napa’s Pritchard Hill has already become mythical. This is a wine of world-class quality, and is certainly as complete and potentially complex as any first-growth Bordeaux. It is not too much to suggest that in the future, Bryant’s Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon might well be one of the wines that redefines greatness in Cabernet Sauvignon.”

However, not every year was a smooth sail for this legendary vineyard. In the early 2000s, the winery experienced turmoil beginning with Helen Turley’s well publicized lawsuit against Donald Bryant over her firing. In the years that followed, the vineyard saw many winemakers come through – first Philippe Melka, then Mark Aubert (2007-2009), Ross Wallace (2010), Helen Keplinger (2011), and Todd Alexander (2012 -2013). Since 2013, Marc Gagnon, formerly of another cult icon - Screaming Eagle, has been the winemaker.

Despite the troubles, Bryant Family Vineyard, located at the northern end of Pirtchard Hill is one of the greatest sites that Napa Valley has to offer. With west-facing slope perfectly positioned to capture the prevailing cool lake breezes, while also providing protection form drying canyon winds. The unique combination of rocky Sobrante soil, sunlight, cool breezes, soil depth, and meticulous farming yields wine of exceptional quality year after year.

Stylistically, to borrow James Suckling’s words, the Bryant Family Vineyard wines are aromatic and vivid with blackberries, fresh mushrooms, blackcurrants, and flowers. Full-bodied, firm, and very silky. They are reminiscent of the great Napa reds of the 1950s and 1960s and will age well

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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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Vineyards

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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Winemaking

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.

Kathryn "KK" Carothers joined Bryant Family Vineyard as a harvest intern and has since been promoted to Enologist and then Assistant Winemaker in 2014. She succeeded Marc Gagnon as the winemaker from 2018 onwards. 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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“Our vision is about achieving excellence. We endeavor to create beautiful wines that are the ultimate expression of the exceptional terroir. We also believe that relationships are key to success, and seek out the most qualified, passionate, talented, and dedicated individuals to accomplish our goals.”

       - Bettina and Donald L. Bryant, Jr.

 

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 Pekka Nuikki / Editor of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bryant Family Vineyard . In a tasting of  22 wines 

Heitz Martha's Vineyard 1974. Still a big, powerful wine that sums up the richness of this perfect Napa vintage. It is densely fruity, spicy with an enormous black plum and minty fruit character to go with the acidity. It's concentrated while still showing such wonderfully pure fruit. This is a monumental, eternal wine!

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 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bryant Family Vineyard . In a tasting of  13 wines 

Top Napa Cabs vs Top Clarets from 5 decades from 1960s to 2010s – Palmer 1961, Heitz Martha's Vineyard 1974, Chappellet 1982, Lafite 1985, Latour 1995, Harlan 1997, Screaming Eagle 1999, Mouton 2002, Bryant 2014 – and the winner is......

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 Antonio Galloni, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  5 wines  from  Bryant Family Vineyard . In a tasting of  28 wines 

The Dana 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Hershey Vineyard stands out for its classicism and energy, two attributes that aren't always typical of the Dana wines. There is a feeling of translucence to the 2019 that is just breathtaking. Old School meets New World in a riveting, stunning Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon loaded with class and personality. The 2019 Hershey is one of the most elegant and refined wines I have ever tasted at Dana.

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 Antonio Galloni, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bryant Family Vineyard . In a tasting of  29 wines 

Bryant Family 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, tasted from a working base blend, is just magnificent. Seldom - maybe never - I have seen a young Bryant Cabernet that is this well put-together at this stage. The integrity of the fruit, acid and structure is outstanding. Sweet red and purplish fruit, sweet floral notes and spice are all beautifully lifted. The 2018 is flat-out stunning. That's all there is to it.

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 Shun Lâu / Wine dealer, Wine Merchant (China)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bryant Family Vineyard . In a tasting of  12 wines 

This 2015 vintage's Harlan Estate leads with notes of red and black plum, vanilla, dried herbs and pencil shavings; the prelude to a supple, open-knit palate with a good core of juicy fruit and tangy acids. There is a touch of oak tannin which will need some time to integrate further.

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 Stephen Tanzer, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  5 wines  from  Bryant Family Vineyard . In a tasting of  25 wines 

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 Pekka Nuikki / Editor of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bryant Family Vineyard . In a tasting of  17 wines 

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