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    57
  • Producer ranking ?

    5
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Lamb Loin with Carrot Risotto & Beet Purée & Butternut Squash

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100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

  I have consumed several bottles of the 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill. One of the most awesome young reds I have ever tasted, it possesses a black/purple color, a seamless texture, and freakishly high levels of intensity (cassis, black and blueberries infused with espresso, chocolate, and licorice) that are flawlessly presented in a full-bodied, massive yet elegant wine. Nothing is out of balance in this explosively rich, thick, highly-extracted Cabernet. A compelling, historic Cabernet Sauvignon, it will drink well for 30-35 years. 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.   (12/2000) 

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

  Saturated deep ruby. Extraordinarily deep nose features black raspberry, black cherry, smoke and leather. Great explosive middle is at once broodingly deep and incredibly sweet, without being overly roasted: flavors of chocolate-covered cherries and maple syrup dominate. Just enough balancing acidity to give brightness to the wine. The alcohol here is nearly off the charts (in the high 15s), but the wine does not come across as hot. Finishes with melting, soft tannins and incredible sappy length. Critics of this wine will no doubt recommend consumption over the next several years, but this wine may go on and on like a '47 Pomerol. A monument in the making.   (5/2000) 

94 points Wine Spectator

  Ripe and opulent, rich and fleshy, with lively plum and blackberry fruit that's well centered, complex and deftly balanced. Long, supple, polished finish that keeps the fruit at the center.--'97 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now through 2017. (Web-2008) 

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The Story

Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon made from our 13-acre estate vineyard atop Pritchard Hill, overlooking 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. This first growth vineyard is meticulously farmed by David Abreu, with whom we have worked closely for more than 12 years. A beautiful expression of our unique terroir, this wine is a testament to the dedication of our winemaking and vineyard team who aim to produce the finest wine possible from this site.

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Wine Information

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.

Terroir

Located 1,500 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

The winemaking philosophy bases 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 and now Mark Aubert together with Michel Rolland.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

24 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep and Purple

ending

Long, Extensive and Flavorful

flavors

Blackcurrant, Blueberry, Creamy, New-oak, Raspberry and Pepper

nose

Intense, Refined, Opulent and Generous

taste

Average in Acidity, High alcohol content, Perfectly balanced, Well-Integrated, Good texture, Full-bodied, Harmonious, Perfumed, Rich and Silky tannins

Verdict

Masterpiece and Transparent

Written Notes

How would one of California's supposed legendary wines stack up? We joked the future of California's reputation could rest with this bottle of Bryant due to its elite company. The nose was rich and super concentrated, a banana boat special as some of Helen Turley's wines reflect. Very fragrant, thick and chunky, its nose reeked of blueberry pancakes with lots and lots of syrup on top. Its tannins and alcohol were quite vigorous in this spiny wine and its enormous finish. It definitely was a smackdown of a wine with its motor oil-like texture and thick personality. I just couldn't help but feel like I needed to put a couple of ice cubes in the glass, and that this was more beverage than wine. Perhaps 1947 Lafleur was this concentrated at age ten; unfortunately, I will never know. The finish was earthy and dirty, and the wine was a bit sweet for my own personal tastes, but I had to respect it and its still-existing potential
  • 94p
Good looking normal size bottle, is in a perfect condition and has by the neck level. Colour is purple and deep. On the nose it is open, opulent and generous. The taste is harmonious, perfumed, fruity, refined, and average in acidity, full-bodied, with perfectly balanced, well-structured and good texture structure. The finish is long, flavorful and vibrant. This wine is transparent, impressive and masterpiece. Decant at least 2t before tasting.
- (Tasting note created by Tb's AI)
  • 97p

Dark red. Very ripe aromas of cassis liqueur, redcurrant, plum, mocha and gravel. Hugely concentrated and ripe, even viscous, with powerful retention of currant fruit complicated by a sappy resiny quality and subtle salinity. For all its ripeness, this wine boasts solid acidity, not to mention substantial integrated tannins and terrific grip. Most impressive today for its explosive, slowly rising finish. When I first tasted this wine from bottle in the spring of 2000, I wrote the following: "Critics of this wine will no doubt recommend consumption over the next several years, but this wine may go on and on like a '47 Pomerol. A monument in the making." It's certainly going on and on.

  • 96p
Good looking normal size bottle and in an perfect condition. Colour is ruby red and deep. On the nose it is intense, refined, seductive and rich. The taste is harmonious, focused, perfumed, with silky tannins, full-bodied, with perfectly balanced, complex and concentrated structure. On the palate it is layered and has blackcurrant, floral, herbs, perfumed, pepper, cedar, raspberry, violet and leather flavours. The finish is endless, extensive and flavorful. This wine is intelligent, masterpiece and outstanding. I paid around 1k-3k€ a bottle. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 20-30 years and decant at least 2h before tasting. Good value for money.
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Information

Origin

Napa, Napa Valley

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Very Good

Fake factory

None

Glass time

2h

Drinking temperature

16

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