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  • Country ranking ?

    35
  • Producer ranking ?

    6
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    now-2050
  • Food Pairing

    grilled beef & Roasted lamb chops

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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

A true expression of the Pritchard Hill terroir, Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon was first released in 1992 and is culled solely from grapes grown on the estate’s 13-acre vineyard. This First Growth wine conveys the long winemaking history of the region, a confluence of climate and soil plus a team of experts committed to nurturing its creation. Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon possesses ethereal aromatics and pure minerality that give focus and energy. The complexity of the site yields unusually dynamic wines for a single varietal. The wines of the mid-90s inform our current, somewhat more restrained approach towards crafting wines that demonstrate structural elegance, balance with good acidity and plush tannins — all elements that make them very age-worthy.

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Written Notes

The 2019 vintage from Bryant Family emanates a regal, inky purple in the glass, almost hinting at the profound depth and complexity concealed within. Aromatically, it greets with an opulent bouquet of ripe blackberries, dark plums, and crème de cassis, seamlessly interlaced with nuances of violets, sweet spices, and a wisp of graphite.

Upon the first sip, the palate is caressed by a voluptuous wave of dark fruit. Black cherry, blackcurrant, and subtle dark chocolate notes entwine beautifully with a delicate, underlying minerality. The mouthfeel is sumptuous, with velvety tannins providing a scaffolding that promises grace through aging, while a judicious acidity imparts a refreshing vibrancy to its rich palate.

Hints of cedar, vanilla, and a soft earthiness whisper through the mid-palate, reflecting its judicious time in high-quality French oak. The finish lingers, a persistent echo of dark fruit and subtle savory notes, a testament to a well-crafted vintage that marries power with finesse.

While undeniably enjoyable in its youth, the Bryant Family 2019 possesses a structural integrity that suggests it will evolve splendidly, potentially unveiling even deeper complexity with years, if not decades, in the cellar."

  • 98p

 Served blind. Blackberries, anise, spices, peppery, detailed, eucalyptus, detailed, nuanced, intense nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, dark fruits, liquorice, detailed, layered, detailed, spices, juicy, nuanced, spicy, long. 

  • 96p

Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose with elegant fruit, plums, black cherries, vanilla, and hints of earthy minerality. On the palate well-structured and balanced with excellent depth and length, ripe yet firm tannins and mild acidity. 

  • 97p

Subtle and complex aromas of blackcurrants, mushrooms, bark, flowers and fresh herbs. A full-to medium-bodied wine with persistent, powdery and polished tannins that give a dense, silky texture. Succulent and juicy at the end with almost blood-orange character. Purity and energy. From biodynamically grown grapes. Try after 2026.

  • 99p

The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon is a potent, tightly wound wine that will need at least a handful of years to soften. The aromatics alone are captivating. With time, the 2019 offers up generous red berry fruit, blood orange, rose petal, dried herbs and crushed rocks, all framed by bright, saline undertones that give the wine its shape. Just bottled, the 2019 shows better with each successive tasting. It's an absolutely brilliant wine by any measure.

  • 97p
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