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1996 Bryant Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #301152 99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The opaque purple-colored 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon offers a spectacular, exotic bouquet of Peking duck skins, blackberry and cassis liqueur, roasted herbs, and burning charcoal. It is phenomenally intense, with record levels of dry extract and glycerin. This hedonistic blockbuster is crammed with jammy fruits nicely buttressed and framed by adequate acidity and tannin. Drink this marvelous Cabernet Sauvignon now or cellar it for two decades. This is mind-boggling stuff! (RP) Inner quote mark (12/1998)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Saturated dark ruby. Extravagant, exotic aromas of crystallized dark berries, kirsch, violet, minerals, toffee and sexy, smoky oak; complex and compelling. Impossibly intense and concentrated in the mouth, but harmonious from the outset. Utterly explosive wine. Noble tannins spread over the entire palate. (ST) 96+ Inner quote mark (5/1999)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Good dark red. Varietally expressive scents of wild herbs, red licorice and pepper. A dry, spicy, very fine-grained wine with terrific inner-mouth lift. Like the '95, this is still a bit linear and tight two decades later and may yet soften in bottle before it loses its energy. The tannins turn a bit dusty with air but the finish shows a compelling savory quality that makes it compellingly drinkable. (ST) Inner quote mark (5/2017)

K&L Notes

Additional comments from Robert Parker: "The wine from this hillside vineyard near Napa's Pritchard Hill, has already become mythical (1992 was the debut vintage). This is a wine of world-class quality, and is certainly as complete and potentially complex as any first-growth Bordeaux. To date, it has been characterized by extraordinary richness, complexity, and harmony, as well as the potential to evolve and improve for 20 or more years." (12/1998)

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