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2014 Bryant Family Vineyard DB4

ITEM 8027204 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar; Purchased at retail

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
dkandel 2 $130 $260
5 $130
Item Sold Amount Date
I8059623 2 $135 Jan 9, 2022
I8051006 1 $125 Jan 2, 2022
I8027204 2 $130 Dec 12, 2021
I7984579 1 $135 Oct 24, 2021
I7976269 1 $135 Oct 17, 2021
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RATINGS

93Vinous / IWC

Exceptional wine. Dark and mysterious, with silky, polished tannins...Succulent red cherry, plum, flowers, mint and lavender grace the palate in a very pretty, delicate wine endowed with striking purity and finesse.

91Robert M. Parker Jr.

Loads of black cherry, a good bit of wood spice, earth, and a medium to full body...Pomerol lushness, ..reminiscent of a great grand cru red Burgundy from the Côte de Nuits. It is perfumed, medium-bodied and beautifully textured and pure.

PRODUCER

Bryant Family Vineyard

Bryant Family Vineyards was founded in 1987 with the single purpose of making an extraordinary, high-end Cabernet Sauvignon. Located on a 15-acre site in the hills east of St. Helena in Napa Valley, the winery is owned by Don and Barbara Bryant, who hired celebrity winemaker Helen Turley to make their early vintages. Like some other limited-production, artisanal California wines, Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon is available primarily through a mailing list. The vineyards are planted entirely in Cabernet Sauvignon. About 2,000 cases of wine are made each year. The high quality of the fruit is attributed to the hilly vineyard site near a lake, meaning that the grapes receive ideal amounts of sun as well as cooling breezes from the lake. Robert M. Parker Jr. has called Bryant’s estate wine, the only wine it makes, “a Cabernet of majestic proportions.”

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley

Napa Valley AVA is the most famous winemaking region in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world. With nearly 43,000 acres of vineyards and more than 300 wineries, it is the heart of fine wine production in the United States. Winemaking started in Napa in 1838 when George C. Yount planted grapes and began producing wine commercially. Other winemaking pioneers followed in the late 19th century, including the founders of Charles Krug, Schramsberg, Inglenook and Beaulieu Vineyards. An infestation of phylloxera, an insect that attacks vine roots, and the onset of Prohibition nearly wiped out the nascent Napa wine industry in the early 20th century. But by the late 1950s and early 1960s Robert Mondavi and other visionaries were producing quality wines easily distinguishable from the mass-produced jug wines made in California’s Central Valley. Napa Valley’s AVA was established in 1983, and today there are 16 sub-appellations within the Napa Valley AVA. Many grapes grow well in Napa’s Mediterranean climate, but the region is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay is also very successfully cultivated, and about 30% of the AVA’s acreage is planted to white grapes, with the majority of those grapes being Chardonnay,