2003 Bryant Family - Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is from the beautiful Bryant Family Vineyard overlooking Lake Hennessey. Made following a period of turmoil (changing winemakers, lawsuits, etc.) at this estate, the dense purple-colored 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon possesses a classic nose of spring flowers, blueberry liqueur and creme de cassis, 15.2% natural alcohol, and a complex, sweet, rich, full-bodied mouthfeel. There are many great vineyard sites in this area, and Bryant is exploiting theirs to the maximum. Drinkable now, this beauty should keep for 10-15 more years.

Drink Dates: 2013-2028
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 207

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93(+?)

($235) Ruby-red. Crushed cassis and caramel on the nose. Dense and sweet on the palate, with a deep core of cassis fruit. Powerful, ripe, long wine, finishing with sweet tannins and a youthful, juicy quality. This needs a few years of patience. Just 400 cases were produced from a very small harvest. The 2001 vintage was the first harvest here to include the recently replanted portion of this vineyard.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

Elegant, intense and flavorful, with a mix of red currant, black cherry, wild berry, herb, tobacco and sage. Finishes with lively acidity and good structure, as the tannins fold in nicely, adding a hint of toasty oak on the finish. 400 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2006-2011
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 99
Author: StefanBoedeker
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/14/2008
Drink Dates: 2008-2025
Dense purple black color. The nose has it all from blackberry, blueberry, chocolate, licorice, spices and espresso with an oaky character. Heavy, opulent, full bodied on the palate all these can be found with a magnificient finish.

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

Rating: 96
Author: tiberite
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 07/07/2010
Site Blog: mac_h Young (From 2010 To 2020)

Rating: 96
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 10/26/2010
Dense and chewy with long finish. More sweet fruit would bring closer to perfection.

Average rating: 92, based on 7 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

548 bottles owned by 197 collectors.

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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.

See other similar producers: Groth Vineyards and Winery, Araujo Estate Wines, Screaming Eagle

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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