2001 Bryant Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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. Drink now through 2012.
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. 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).
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.