2002 Bryant Family - Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

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IWC 94(+?)   WA 93   WS 92   Collector 94
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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94(+?)

($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.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

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.

Drink Dates: 2012-2027
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 201

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

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.

Drink Dates: 2009+
Author: James Suckling

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 96
Author: Mark Fox
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 01/26/2013
beautiful and excellant

Rating: 96
Author: winefolio
Trust Rating: 80
Tasted On: 03/04/2009

Rating: 93
Author: 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.

Rating: 92
Author: 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.

Average rating: 93, based on 7 reviews
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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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Wine Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is perhaps the world's best known red variety, with its full-bodied, intense profile. An offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, it is the primary grape of Bordeaux's Left Bank (Medoc and Graves regions) and the Napa Valley, but can be found growing all over the world. Typical descriptors for Cabernet Sauvignon are cassis, cedar, mint, black pepper, eucalyptus, and pencil lead.

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