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Bryant Family Vineyard

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2012 Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon  (Napa Valley) 96

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.

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2009 Bryant Family Vineyard Bettina  (Napa Valley) 91

Smoke, chocolate covered black cherries and coffee bean, plush, fleshy textures and a cocoa covered cassis and bitter chocolate finish are found in the already open wine.

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2009 Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon  (Napa Valley) 95

Spice box, smoke, oak, truffle, blackberry liqueur and Espresso bean scents open to a thick, rich, spicy, lush, dense, intense, polished wine that ends with a fresh, deep, sensuous, cassis and black cherry finish.

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2007 Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon  (Napa Valley) 96

From 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, this inky colored wine opens with blueberry, blackberry jam, coffee, earth and a myriad of spices. In the mouth, this powerful, full bodied, concentrated wine is lush and flamboyant. Based on how well the 2002 Bryant Family showed recently, I’d give it a few more years for all the components to come together.

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2002 Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon  (Napa Valley) 98

When your expectations are exceeded, you know it was a good wine. At times, I've found some California Cult wines were too extreme. I did not have high hopes for 2002 Bryant Family. Much to my delight, this stunning wine was much better than expected! With an inviting perfume packed with earth, espresso, black cherry, blackberry, blueberry, smoke, chocolate and truffle, I was hooked. On the palate, the wine was even better than expected! Dense, concentrated, complex and packed with layers of sweet, ripe, polished fruit, everything was in balance and harmony. Nothing was out of place in the long, seamless finish. This sexy wine delivers the goods.

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1999 Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon  (Napa Valley) 91

Medium/full bodied, licorice, coffee, black and red with earth in the nose, some tartness is creeping into the finish. This was better a few years ago. The fruit has started to fade.

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Coffee, herbs, black and blue fruits started off the perfume. Medium/full bodied, the finished with some green notes in the end.

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1997 Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon  (Napa Valley) 94

Smoke, incense, spearmint, espresso bean, vanilla and black raspberries start off the nose. In the mouth, the wine is lush and packs a punch with its dense, ripe, jammy strawberries and licorice. There is a minor sensation of heat in the finish, but it’s not off putting.

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Licorice, coffee, blackberry, coca, earth, truffle and tobacco scents made up the perfume. On the palate, the wine feels lush. The powerful, velvet textured blackberry, chocolate and jam finish is long, clean and pure.

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1996 Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon  (Napa Valley) 93

Jam, smoke, licorice and very, ripe fruits open the bouquet. Silky, soft, luscious and ripe on the palate, there is freshness and length in the sweet, fruit that dominate the finish.

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1995 Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon  (Napa Valley) 90

Jammy fruits, oak, coffee bean and hints of dill create the perfume. On the palate, you can sense some heat and extreme ripeness. Yes the texture is silky, but it’s made in a style that is not aging well. Drink up.

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Clearly, this wine was not at the level of previous bottles tasted just 2 years ago. Either this wine has started to fade and drop its fruit, or this was an off bottle. At 18 years of age, I suspect the wine requires drinking in the near future.

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This is filled with smoke, cassis, licorice, truffle, chocolate and coffee scents. Sexy, supple, soft and silky, this opulent wine feels like velvet when it spills over your palate. Combining lushness and intensity, this stellar wine finishes with a rich chocolate covered, cherry finish, What a treat!

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1994 Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon  (Napa Valley) 93

Incense, smoke, burnt toast, coffee bean, jammy blackberry and prune scents produce the aromatics. On the palate, the wine is rich, fat, plush and oaky, the fruit is ripe, but there is a lot of wood in the wine that will appeal to some tasters more than others. There is more fruit than wood, and there is enough lushness and sweet red berries to keep the wine interesting. But the oak is still quite present.

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