2013 Bryant Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
The purity of fruit here is terrific with licorice, black currant and oyster shell. Blackberry too. Full body. The finish is overwhelming with such great intensity and grip. High-tensioned austerity. Energetic and intense. Tannins are austere. Drink in 2021.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The flagship wine, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, comes from a magnificent hillside vineyard overlooking Lake Hennessey (13 acres) and is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine has an incredible track record, with some legendary efforts such as the 1995, 1997, and most recent vintages since 2005, as well as the 2013 all beauties. The classic purity of blueberry and blackberry fruit as well as white flowers and subtle background oak is followed by a full-bodied, voluptuously textured, multi-layered wine that is stunningly lush, with sweet, sweet tannin and beautiful purity and length. This excellent wine can be drunk early on or cellared for another 25 or more years.
A bold, dense, expressive style that packs a punch, while also exhibiting grace and balance. The core flavors of blackberry, fresh-turned earth, licorice and tobacco show harmony. Ends long and tannic. Best to cellar this. Best from 2020 through 2032. (JL, Web-2016)
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is distinctly powerful and savory, with huge mountain tannins and tons of personality. Inky, dense as midnight and powerful, the estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a terrific example of the year, although the oak imprint is overpowering. Graphite, smoke, licorice, tar, torrefaction, incense and blood orange flow through to the rich, opulent finish.