2016 was an exceptional vintage for those on Pritchard Hill, especially Bryant. And despite all the newcomers planting their home base on this special geographic location, Bryant Family remains one of the best. As it overlooks Lake Hennessey, their estate vineyard faces northwest and has about 60% morning sun and 40% afternoon sun with a cooling effect from the western winds. Since their first vintage in 1992, they have been working with David Abreu as their vineyard manager with Michel Rolland as their consulting oenologist. KK Carothers is leading their winemaking team and was an intern with Bryant a few years prior. Most of the blend for this 2016 Red comes from Abreu’s Thorevilos Vineyard with a touch of fruit from Bryant’s estate vineyard. Comprised of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, this 2016 is “deep garnet-purple colored with an incredibly complex meaty/earthy nose offering notions of beef, charcuterie, black olives and truffles with dried herbs over a tantalizing core of cassis, resin, warm plums and blackberries plus a waft of mossy bark. The medium to full-bodied palate is firm, grainy and earthy/savory, with a long finish.” – Wine Advocate.