1999 Bryant Family - Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

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1999 Bryant Family - Cabernet Sauvignon

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International Wine Cellar | 96

Full medium-deep ruby. Knockout nose of currant, roasted stone, tobacco, leather and smoked meat, all lifted by sexy oak tones. Lush, sweet and extremely concentrated, with the trademark seamlessness shown by Turley's wines of all varietal persuasions. Strongly minerally, with a complicating note of dried herbs. A horizontal wine that spreads out impressively on the palate; tannins are broad and sweet. Tasting these three vintages from youngest to oldest offered a fascinating illustration of how masterful elevage enables a wine from an outstanding site to grow in dimension and complexity. Certainly among the two or three stars of this vintage.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 102

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Wine Advocate | 95

Readers wanting more structure and a Bordeaux-like tannin profile should check out the 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon. It is as close to a premier cru Bordeaux as Bryant may ever achieve. The tannin possesses a structure and astringency reminiscent of a young Bordeaux. The nose offers up scents of melted licorice, smoky barbecue, truffles, earth, blackberries, currants, coffee, graphite, and blueberries. It is more obviously muscular and less seductive than the 2000 or 2001, because the tannin is more aggressive. The finish is exceptionally long. The antithesis of the 2000, the 1999 will require patience. P.S. As this wine sat in the glass, its aroma brought to mind another wine ... the 1983 Palmer.

Drink Dates: 2007-2025
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 142

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Wine Spectator | 91

Another offering loads of strawberry and blackberry aromas, with dried flower undertones. Fresh French oak. Full and chewy with in-line tannins and a vanilla, berry aftertaste. Closed, but slightly loosely knit.

Drink Dates: 2007+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 95
Author: tiberite
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 07/07/2010
Site Blog: mac_h Young (From 2010 To 2020)
Score: 96
Author: Jkbergmann
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 04/03/2009
Score: 95
Author: winefolio
Trust Rating: 81
Tasted On: 03/04/2009
Score: 94
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/20/2003
Drink Dates: 2014-2025
An atypical Bryant Family. Very stern and muscular with Indian spices (cardamom) and lurking dark fruits (rather than the typical blueberries and cream) in the nose. Reticent on the palate with deeply concentrated and structured yet diffuse fruit.

About This Producer


Located high above Lake Hennessy, the vineyards which supply this outstanding expression of Napa's bounty are some of the few influenced by the moderating influence of a relatively large body of water. At 1,500-feet, the high altitude of the Pritchard Hill area also serves to produce low yields of premium grapes that provide the dense, concentrated, black fruit aspect of this enormously complex 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Founded in 1987 by Don and Barbara Bryant, the wines were originally made by Helen Turley. The current winemaker is Helen Keplinger with Michelle Edwards consulting.

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