2017 Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Year: 2017
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 98
Vinous Media: 93+
James Suckling: 99
Jeb Dunnuck: 98+
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"Composed of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon was aged in French oak, 100% new, and bottled in July 2019. Very deep purple-black in color, it needs a little coaxing to reveal wonderfully pure black cherry compote, cassis and black raspberry scents with touches of cedar chest, pencil lead, black olives and cardamom plus a waft of red roses. Full-bodied, the palate has great concentration and depth, with a solid backbone of ripe, grainy tannins and loads of freshness injecting energy into the black fruit and savory layers, finishing on a persistent mineral note. This is a truly gorgeous 2017! 443 cases were made.

“We chose to let it hang after the heatwave,” Kathryn Carothers, Bryant Family’s very talented, relatively new winemaker told me. “So, 2017 was very small production our end - everything we used is pre-fire.” Quantities may be minuscule this year, but the standard is high - these are some very impressive 2017s!" (WA)

"Bryant's 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is going to need time to come into its own - the tannins are pretty imposing at this stage, which makes the wine feel compact. Sage, tobacco, menthol, licorice, gravel and incense emerge, but only with great reluctance. There is just no way to get around the challenges of the growing season. A powerful, exotically ripe wine lies behind all of that tannin. It will be interesting to see if those qualities fully emerge over time." (VM)

"Extremely complex and fresh with blackcurrant, licorice and blueberry aromas. Fresh herbs, such as sage and mint, as well as crushed cloves add complexity. Always subtle. Full-bodied, tight and beautifully pointed. Juicy yet subtle fruit at the end. Gorgeous and serious. Drink after 2024." (JS)

"The flagship 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is a brilliant, brilliant wine. Beautiful cassis, tobacco, leaf, chocolate, lead pencil, and a beautiful sense of minerality all emerge from the glass. This beauty is full-bodied, concentrated, and opulent on the palate, yet also delineated and pure, with stunning tannins. It’s rare to find this level of purity and precision in 2017, but this beauty never puts a foot wrong. I’d happily drink bottles today, yet it’s going to be best with 4-6 years of bottle age and I suspect still be glorious at age 30." (JD)

Winery Notes:
This is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon made from our 13-acre estate vineyard atop Pritchard Hill, overlooking Lake Hennessey. This first growth vineyard is meticulously farmed by David Abreu, with whom we have worked closely for more than 12 years. A beautiful expression of our unique terroir, this wine is a testament to the dedication of our winemaking and vineyard team who aim to produce the finest wine possible from this site.