2002 Bryant Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2002 (800 cases) was bottled in June of 2004. It exhibits a classic Bryant profile of blueberries, blackberries, chocolate, and smoky notes (100% new Taransaud barrels are utilized), a full-bodied, powerful palate, great texture, tremendous purity, and a long, heady finish with high tannin, but it is well-integrated and sweet. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2020.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
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.
Hearty and robust, with tiers of ripe roasted plum, currant, black cherry and cedary oak. Turns plush and reveals an even greater depth and concentration as the flavors linger on.
Bryant Family is one of the premier collectors' dream Cabernets in California. Serious wine here, just as an example David Abreu is their vineyard manager and Michel Rolland is their consulting enologist. Always highly rated and sought after, the Bryant Cab is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from their estate vineyard 'Pritchard Hill' which looks out over Lake Hennessey.