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1997 Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 100 WA
  • 99 WS
  • 96 IWC
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    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 45430-1997-750-3A

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    I have consumed several bottles of the 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill. One of the most awesome young reds I have ever tasted, it possesses a black/purple color, a seamless texture, and freakishly high levels of intensity (cassis, black and blueberries infused with espresso, chocolate, and licorice) that are flawlessly presented in a full-bodied, massive yet elegant wine. Nothing is out of balance in this explosively rich, thick, highly-extracted Cabernet. A compelling, historic Cabernet Sauvignon, it will drink well for 30-35 years. 

    It is not too much to suggest that in the future, Bryant's Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon might well be one of the wines that redefines greatness in Cabernet Sauvignon.
    Drink Dates: 2000 - 2035
    Author: Robert Parker
    Issue: 132
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 99

    Perhaps not as sleek and graceful as the '96 at this early stage, but it more than makes up for that with its sheer, ripe, plush, enormous flavors of currant, cassis, chocolate, berry and cherry. Nearing perfection.--non-blind Bryant Family vertical. Best from 2002 through 2020. 1,000 cases made. — JL
    Drink Dates: 2002-2020
    Author: James Laube
    Issue: Nov 15, 2000
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96

    Saturated deep ruby. Extraordinarily deep nose features black raspberry, black cherry, smoke and leather. Great explosive middle is at once broodingly deep and incredibly sweet, without being overly roasted: flavors of chocolate-covered cherries and maple syrup dominate. Just enough balancing acidity to give brightness to the wine. The alcohol here is nearly off the charts (in the high 15s), but the wine does not come across as hot. Finishes with melting, soft tannins and incredible sappy length. Critics of this wine will no doubt recommend consumption over the next several years, but this wine may go on and on like a '47 Pomerol. A monument in the making.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2000
  • Vinous | Rating: 95

    Medium red-ruby. Deep, captivating aromas of dark berries, black cherry, mocha, earth and gravel. Wonderfully plush and sweet on entry, then fat, viscous and pliant in the mouth, spreading out horizontally to saturate the palate. Ripe acidity and a note of licorice drive the finish, with the tannins present but broad and fine-grained. A splendid showing.
    Drink Dates: 2017 - 2028
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: Sep 2017
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Author: winefolio
  • Self | Rating: 100

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    One of the finest cabs we have ever tasted
    Author: fred2288
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Wow. Although not as thrilling as the previous bottle I tasted last year, this still has tremendous black berry fruit and a finish that doesn't stop. It is remarkably well balanced. Needs two hours of air to show it's stuff.
    Drink Dates: 2005-2020
    Author: Conrad K
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 Bryant, the wines were originally made by Helen Turley. The current winemaker is Marc Gagnon with Michel Rolland consulting.

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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 871 bottles owned
  • 224 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 100
    (Out of 224 collectors)