2006 Bryant Family - Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

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2006 Bryant Family - Cabernet Sauvignon
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International Wine Cellar | 91

($325) Bright medium ruby. Exotic aromas of black cherry, licorice, menthol and maple syrup, but with the wine's fruit currently suppressed by sheer superripeness. Then dense, thick and chocolatey in the mouth, with a port-like roasted quality carrying through this large-scaled wine. Sweet but not exactly fruity owing to its extreme ripeness. Finishes with serious, slightly rough tannins. Can't match the 2007 for energy. Fans of sheer size will rate this higher than I have. Incidentally, Philippe Melka vinified this wine and Mark Aubert bottled it; Aubert's first vinification here was 2007.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 144

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Wine Advocate | 93

Made in a full-bodied, more masculine style, the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon offers more evolved aromas of high class, unsmoked cigar tobacco, blackberries, black currants, earth, and underbrush. It is a deep, dense, ruggedly constructed Cabernet revealing powerful tannins in the finish. While outstanding, it is dwarfed by the monumental quality of the 2007.

Drink Dates: 2009-2029
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 180

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Wine Spectator | 98

Delightfully complex, elegant, rich and subtle, with a core of ripe, spicy currant, black cherry and plum that's pure and focused, supple and juicy, with an amazing finish that reverberates with flavor. Shows great balance, concentration and persistence.

Drink Dates: 2010-2020
Author: James Laube


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Score: 98
Author: JLANDAULA
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 08/31/2012
Drink Dates: 2010-2020
Delightfully complex, elegant, rich and subtle, with a core of ripe, spicy currant, black cherry and plum that's pure and focused, supple and juicy, with an amazing finish that reverberates with flavor. Shows great balance, concentration and persistence. Best from 2010 through 2020. 750 cases made.

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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