2016 Bryant Family Vineyard Bettina Bryant Proprietary Red Blend

Year: 2016
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 95+
Vinous Media: 96
James Suckling: 97
Jeb Dunnuck: 95+
Red Wine
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"The majority of the blend here comes from the Abreu’s Thorevilos vineyard with a splash from Bryant. Composed of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the 2016 Bettina Bryant Proprietary Red Wine is deep garnet-purple colored with an incredibly complex meaty/earthy nose offering notions of beef, charcuterie, black olives and truffles with dried herbs over a tantalizing core of cassis, resin, warm plums and blackberries plus a waft of mossy bark. The medium to full-bodied palate is firm, grainy and earthy/savory, with a long finish.

Bryant Family knocks it out of the park with their lineup of bold, sultry and impeccably polished 2016s. These were tasted in September 2018 with Bettina Bryant and the estate’s new winemaker, Kathryn “KK” Carothers, who had formerly done an internship here before assuming a role at ADAMVS as winemaker. Earlier this year, Carothers returned to Bryant to join the A-Team of Michel Rolland (consulting oenologist) and David Abreu (vineyard manager). Also new this year is a minuscule production (500 bottles only) of the estate’s finest Cabernet Franc, revealing the absolute essence of the perfume and minerality that this very special vineyard has to offer." (WA)

"Dark, sumptuous and beautifully textured in the glass, the 2016 Bettina is positively stellar. All the elements come together effortlessly in the glass. Crème de cassis, blueberry jam, spice, new leather and menthol develop, but it is the wine's exceptional balance and breeding that stand out most. Medium in body and super-refined, the 2016 is a real pleasure to taste today. As a reminder, the Bettina is a blend made from various David Abreu vineyards. " (VM)

"Aromas of blueberries, blackberries and flowers follow through to a full-bodied, dense and layered palate with lots of dark chocolate, hazelnuts and berries at the end. A hint of white pepper. Shows lots of tannins, but they are round and polished. Drink after 2022." (JS)

"The 2016 Bettina is more Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated and checks in as 88% Cabernet, 6% Merlot, and 3% each of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. As with the DB4 release, it offers terrific freshness and purity as well as complex notes of currants, graphite, dark chocolate, and subtle herbal and tobacco notes. Beautifully rich, full-bodied, and straight up seamless on the palate, it has perfectly integrated tannins and the balance and depth to keep for 20-25 years." (JD)

Winery Notes:
The Bettina Bryant Proprietary Red Wine is a gorgeous blend of Bordeaux varietals sourced from three of David Abreu’s own exceptional estate vineyards – Madrona, Thorevilos, and Lucia Howell Mountain. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot, and made with the same attention to detail as Bryant, this wine is beautifully layered and complex.