2012 Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley California USA Wine Tasting Note

  1. 2012 Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

    1. Powerful, lush, fat, rich, concentrated, lusciously textured wine, with layers of blackberry, blue fruit, licorice, smoke, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and jam. A touch of heat, but there is such a wealth of fruit here, that heat is quickly smothered by another wave of ripe, sweet, dark fruits.

      96 points - Tasted
Bryant Family1 Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

Bryant Family Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

Bryant Family Vineyard wines are produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes are fermented in open top, stainless steel, temperature controlled fermenters. The property has an even number of fermentation vats to coincide with their parcels allowing them to vinify each parcel on a separate basis. Bryant Family wine is aged in 100% new French oak barrels. The majority of Bryant Family Vineyard wines are sold through a mailing list to long-time private customers.

Bryant Family Vineyard wines combine lush, soft, textures, intensity of flavor and power, with silky tannins to produce one of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon wines in the Napa Valley.

Bryant Family Vineyard introduced a second wine, Le Petit Bryant in 2004. They have since added two additional wines to their portfolio, a Cabernet Sauvignon based wine, DB4, which is probably named after the owner, Don Bryant and not for a vintage Aston Martin. The next release for Bryant Family was the Cabernet Sauvignon based Bettina Bryant. Bettina is the name of Don Bryant's wife. The fruit is sourced from vineyards owned by David Abreu. They come from his parcels located in Madrona Ranch, Thorevilos and Lucia Howell Mountain vineyards.

Serving and Decanting Bryant Family with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Bryant Family wines are best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages of their red wine can be decanted for 1-3 hours, depending on the character of the vintage. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Bryant Family Wines are best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, ribs, hamburgers, barbecue, roasted, braised, grilled dishes and stews. Bryant is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, salmon, mushrooms and pasta.