Red

2016 Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
Drink between 2023 - 2049 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 3

  • csimm1161 wrote: 98 points

    April 30, 2021 - 3 days in Napa: Arkenstone, Memento Mori, Maxem, The French Laundry, Christopher Tynan, Kinsman, Harlan, Vice Versa, Accendo, Fairchild, Macdonald, and a truckload of others (Napa): Blackberry skin, bitter chocolate, black rock, and anise notes leap from the glass with nervy tension and a firm acidic clamp that instantly grips the palate and the jaw with skillful might. Finishes wonderfully dry and focused, this was an amazing accompaniment with food. Reminding me of a 2016 Harlan, but without the extra booze the Harlan was displaying, the Bryant is surely a youngster, but shows its youth with nerve and acid and not with unresolved overt alcohol. The controlled intensity is noteworthy. Profile-wise, I loved this wine’s black fruit and dark minerality, with the cacao notes adding even more interest.

    Revisiting this bottle 24 later proved that this thing can go the real distance. It was preforming beautifully, exhibiting even more expansion of black cherry and plum flavors, with some developed earthy-spice elements also showing especially well after the one-day mark. A wine to hold for sure. Try again in a decade and be rewarded. 98+ points.

    This was served next to a 2018 Macdonald, sharing similar profiles generally, but I did find it interesting (as much as I loved the Bryant) how the Macdonald possessed that true “it” factor that secured its dominance among all of the wines we were fortunate enough to have tried. For those Bryant followers, this is a phenomenal wine worthy of continued cellar time. Hold for a decade+.

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  • Order66 Does not like this wine: 80 points

    March 28, 2020 - This one hurt. Tasting is believing and this one had me screaming internally, feeling bad for whoever brought it. Only the Bevan wine was sweeter and riper. I myself could not muster to spend $500 on this wine. The oak, the sugar, the lack of class. If you have $500 to spend on a wine, look to Chateau Palmer or an off vintage of a first growth. This wine is definitely not a California first growth.

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  • PGB wrote: 99 points

    March 15, 2019 - Too early but couldn’t resist trying a bottle of the anniversary release. That beautiful harmonious palate that just extends out like a California highway at sunset take your breath away. This is Napa micro terroir at its finest. As good as any wine in the world. This would be today’s winner of the Paris challenge

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • Type Red
  • Producer Bryant Family Vineyard
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 49 (3%)
  • In Cellars 1,305 (91%)
  • Consumed 81 (6%)

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