2001 Bryant Family Napa Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L)
Undeniably ripe and fleshy, with a pretty scent of cedary oak leading to a supple core of currant and red cherry flavors that are fine and persistent on the finish. Needs time to shed its fine-grained tannins. The flavors are long and persistent on the finish, though it shows simpler than it did from barrel.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The chunky-styled 2001 does not possess the charm, complexity or sweet, pure blueberry and black fruits found in Bryant’s wines since the early 1990s. It reveals a hint of new saddle leather, but the aromatics are largely restrained and need to be coaxed from the glass. The wine is full-bodied and concentrated, and by itself, is probably a better wine than my rating would suggest. However, in the company of other top 2001s, it suffers. It has 15 or more years of life remaining, but I would opt for drinking it early on since it is difficult to say what might emerge in the aromatics.
Additional notes from Robert Parker: "The Bryant Family Vineyard high on Pritchard Hill is one of the great terroirs of Napa and a number of wines produced from that site are among the legendary efforts made over the last two decades (the 1995, 1997, 2005 and 2007)." (06/11)