Most of this 2016 blend comes from David Abreu’s Thorevilos vineyard with the remainder coming from Bryant Estate. Composed of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the 2016 Bettina Bryant Proprietary Red Wine 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.” – Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Despite all the newcomers planting their roots on Pritchard Hill, a special geographic location resting above Oakville, Bryant Estate remains one of the best. As it overlooks Lake Hennessey, their 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 now leads their winemaking team.