97 Points - Wine Spectator
94 Points - Robert Parker
"Deep, rich and expressive, with a broad range of complex flavors, extending from fleshy currant to dark berry, mineral, cedar, mocha and espresso. Full-bodied, ending with a pleasant lift to all the flavors, giving this a supple, gracious aftertaste. Drink now through 2026. 748 cases made."
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"The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (794 cases) shows more chocolate, roasted espresso, blueberry and blackberry characteristics in addition to more concentration and depth than I noticed last year and a big, powerful, glycerin-imbued, heady finish. It should drink well for 15 years." -The Wine Advocate
Spreading cheer to everyone on your list is a labor of love, but labor, nonetheless. Bringing joy throughout the holidays, and throughout the year, is what you’re known for. Deservedly, you have earned a top spot on Santa’s nice list, and, in honor of all that you do, here’s something very special, just for you. Treat yourself to the ultimate indulgence with the 2008 Bryant Family Proprietary Red Wine.
Bryant Framily’s Thorevilos Vineyard, on the eastern hills of the St. Helena AVA boasts volcanic soils with tufa rock, and the site if famous for produce juice with exceptional minerality and character. Bryant’s Lucia Howell Mountain vineyard features Aiken volcanic material with rhyolite pebbles, both of which provide excellent drainage. The climate is atypically cool—much more like Bordeaux than most parts of the Napa Valley, and the sun exposure is ideal for the ripening of elegant, aromatic Bordeaux varietals.
The first vintage of Bryant Family Cabernet was released in 1992, and soon after the wine from this premium estate won critical acclaim and became internationally recognized as one of the best Cabernets on the planet.
Bryan Family’s Bettina is named after the estate’s president Bettina Bryant, who is not only the wife of proprietor Don Bryant but a formidable partner in all matters and the underlying force behind this great winery’s winemaking philosophy.
This Cabernet Sauvignon is a dark, rich full-bodied wine with great tannic structure and mouth-feel. It has a garnet color and a nose of ripe boysenberries, cherry liqueur, dark chocolate, sandalwood and a hint of roasting meat. On the palate, it is mouth-coating and incredibly rich in umami. It has a very long, savory finish with the slight grip of fine-grained tannins. Given proper cellaring, this wine should give drinking pleasure through 2030.
From the winery..
Our vision for Bryant Family Vineyard is about achieving excellence. We endeavor to craft beautiful wines that are the ultimate expression of the exceptional terroir. We also believe that relationships are key to success, and seek out the most qualified, passionate, talented, and dedicated individuals to accomplish our goals. Bettina and Donald L. Bryant, Jr.
This powerhouse of a cab will pair perfectly with a bone in ribeye or porterhouse, drink with a double cut bone-in chop or rack of lamb.