BRYANT ESTATE is the vision of proprietors Don and Bettina Bryant. After purchasing land on Pritchard Hill in 1986, Don acquired a 13-acre adjacent vineyard and was inspired to plant Cabernet Sauvignon. David Abreu was enlisted to plant the vines and Helen Turley made the wines for the estate’s first decade. The trio’s efforts established the Bryant Family Vineyard, a pure Cabernet Sauvignon recognized today as one of California’s First Growth wines.
A passionate collector of Bordeaux wines, Don was inspired to produce a wine blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot to complement the 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Pritchard Hill. The grapes for this wine are sourced from two of David Abreu’s vineyards, Madrona and Las Posadas, and in recent years also receives fruit from Bryant Family Vineyard. 2009 marks the first vintage bottled, which commemorates the year that Don and Bettina married. Don aptly named this parallel wine BETTINA.
“Bryant under the direction of Bettina Bryant and winemaker KK Carothers is a terrific example of the contemporary style of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. There is plenty of textural richness and intensity, but with greater vibrancy than in years past. It is a style that is so well suited to the estate vineyard and the David Abreu sites where Bryant purchases fruit. KK Carothers is one of the most talented and detail-oriented winemakers of her generation.”
Antonio Galloni, Vinous, 2022