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2002 Bryant Family - Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml
2002 Bryant Family - Cabernet Sauvignon
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Cabernet Sauvignon
2002 Bryant Family - Cabernet Sauvignon
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 120

($210) Saturated ruby. Sappy black fruits on the fresh, slightly medicinal nose; shows an almost grapey primary character. Dense, bright and full-bodied; offers an uncanny combination of weight and energy. This has superb fruit, given lift by floral, medicinal and licorice notes. A pure cabernet with terrific power and thrust, but without any heaviness. The very fine tannins belie the wine's serious structure for aging. Winemaker Philippe Melka points out that this is the second vintage to come from completely different vines planted in 1996 through 1998: different row spacing and row direction, different clones, different rootstocks.

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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 201

The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon was made during a transitional period for Bryant when the winery was being constructed and a dramatic change in the winemaking was taking place, from Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer, who had made all the vintages until 2002, to Philippe Melka and Mark Aubert, and of course today, a new team. One of the finest vineyards of Napa Valley, Bryant is situated high in the Lake Hennessey region. While the 2002 is not one of their all-time great wines, it is performing beautifully, revealing plenty of classic notes of blueberry liqueur intermixed with acacia flower, incense, camphor and graphite notes. Full-bodied, opulent and generous, with low acidity, it can be drunk now and over the next 15+ years.

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Wine Spectator Author: James Suckling

Blackberry tart with vanilla undertones. Full and firm, with chewy tannins and a long, rich finish. Very compacted wine with a dense yet refined texture. Solid core of fruit and ripe tannins.

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Community Reviews


Mark Fox Trust Rating: 95 Tasted On: 01/26/2013

beautiful and excellant


Johnnymd Trust Rating: 96 Tasted On: 12/17/2012

Nicely integrated with dark blueberry, black current fruit, camphor and light floral nose, moderate body and finish.


winefolio Trust Rating: 81 Tasted On: 03/04/2009


Daniel B Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 05/01/2005 Drink Dates: 2005-2012

The 2002 consists of 100% Cabernet that was aged for 20 months in 100% new French oak. For the first time, the 2002 was completely vinified in Bryant?s new state of the art gravity flow winery ? I'm sure that Don Bryant is still feeling relief after escaping Napa Wine Company. Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer were in charge during the 2002 growing season before being fired (an incredibly stupid move dripping with hubris by Don Bryant) at its end. Philippe Melka was brought in to take over at Bryant with the ubiquitous Michel Rolland consulting. John Pina manages the vineyard. The 2002 has a deep purple red hue that is opaque at the core and lightens just a tiny bit at the rim. Lots of thin legs showing moderate coloration. Sweet, velvety espresso, blackberry, vanilla, and some new oak aromas ? the nose swiftly died down after a couple of hours of airing so extended decanting is not advised. Its an attractive nose but it has none of the compelling almost exotic Indian spice and blueberry cream cheesecake scents that mark the greatest now almost mythical Bryants from the mid to late nineties. Very rich in the mouth with significant though smooth tannin and slightly elevated acidity. A fairly long finish tasting mainly of oak. A very fine wine but the magic is gone. As a purchaser of this wine since the 1992 vintage, it pains my greatly to make this admission. Still, it is undeniable that Bryant has seriously underperformed in Napa Valley?s superb 2001 and 2002 vintages. My fingers are crossed that the 2003, a wine made without Napa Wine Company cooking the barrels (2001) or Don Bryant blowing up his team at just the wrong time (2002), can reestablish Bryant?s prominence but right now this wine is for well heeled label drinkers only.

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