A quarter century ago, Bryant Estate released its first Cabernet Sauvignon from its majestic hillside vineyard on Pritchard Hill. Perched above the fog line at a 900-foot elevation, the steepness, undulating shape, light and ventilation make our estate one of the most dynamic sites in the world. The tenacity of our vineyard and winemaking teams ensures wines of incredible refinement and longevity. 2016 provided ideal growing conditions: a rainy winter replenished the soil profile, thereby establishing a reliable foundation for long and steady canopy growth and fruit development. Without any extreme weather events, the growing season was consistently even, as reflected in the fluidity and seamlessness of the wine. The hillside vines yielded fruit of singular quality with resounding clarity.
The 2016 Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon received 100 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, and Antonio Galloni from VINOUS described the wine as “majestic… polished and utterly impeccable.” Without question, this wine classically captures the core of the hillside estate. Layers of vibrant cassis, black cherry, and black currant interplay with savory infusions of graphite, sage, tapenade and tobacco that unfold in unwavering strata. The palate displays profound density and minerality, interwoven with finessed tannin and backed by a brightness, purity and freshness that transcend to a seemingly endless finish.
Composed of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Pritchard Hill estate and aged in 90% new oak, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet-purple colored and has a disarmingly profound red roses and red and black currant nose with wild blueberries and yeast extract accents plus tapenade, tilled soil, subtle exotic spices and pencil shavings and the faintest waft of lavender. The palate is ethereal in its weight with a medium to full-body supported by firm yet perfectly ripe, grainy tannins structuring the tightly wound savory layers and leading to a very long, fragrant earth finish.