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1997 Bryant Family - Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon - USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley - Red

USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley

Red Cabernet Sauvignon
Producer Notes

Located high above Lake Hennessy, the vineyards which supply this outstanding expression of Napa's bounty are some of the few influenced by the moderating influence of a relatively large body of water. At 1,500-feet, the high altitude of the Pritchard Hill area also serves to produce low yields of premium grapes that provide the dense, concentrated, black fruit aspect of this enormously complex... More »

Score
100
WS 96
WA 100
IWC 96
Drink Dates
Comm: 2005-2020 WA: 2000-2035 WS: 2008+
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IWC 96
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 90

Saturated deep ruby. Extraordinarily deep nose features black raspberry, black cherry, smoke and leather. Great explosive middle is at once broodingly deep and incredibly sweet, without being overly roasted: flavors of chocolate-covered cherries and maple syrup dominate. Just enough balancing acidity to give brightness to the wine. The alcohol here is nearly off the charts (in the high 15s), but the wine does not come across as hot. Finishes with melting, soft tannins and incredible sappy length. Critics of this wine will no doubt recommend consumption over the next several years, but this wine may go on and on like a '47 Pomerol. A monument in the making.

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WA 100
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 132
Drink Dates 2000-2035

I have consumed several bottles of the 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill. One of the most awesome young reds I have ever tasted, it possesses a black/purple color, a seamless texture, and freakishly high levels of intensity (cassis, black and blueberries infused with espresso, chocolate, and licorice) that are flawlessly presented in a full-bodied, massive yet elegant wine. Nothing is out of balance in this explosively rich, thick, highly-extracted Cabernet. A compelling, historic Cabernet Sauvignon, it will drink well for 30-35 years. <br><br/> It is not too much to suggest that in the future, Bryant's Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon might well be one of the wines that redefines greatness in Cabernet Sauvignon.

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WS 96
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2008+

Dark ruby color. Intense aromas of currants, dried flowers and fresh cedar. Complex. Full and solid, with chunky tannins and lots of fruit. A big, Latour-like wine. Impressive and very young still. Chewy. Made for aging; still not ready.

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Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.509%
Tasted On 04/06/2014
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Author Conrad K
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.372%
Tasted On 01/03/2010
Drink Dates 2005-2020

Wow. Although not as thrilling as the previous bottle I tasted last year, this still has tremendous black berry fruit and a finish that doesn't stop. It is remarkably well balanced. Needs two hours of air to show it's stuff.

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Tasted On 03/04/2009
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Classification of Napa
Recently the Finnish publication FINE Wine Magazine has attempted to classify Napa Valley wines akin to the 1855 Classification of Bordeaux. View the article here: "Napa Valley Classification." Since then, there has been much...


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