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BRYANT BETTINAPROPRIETARY RED' 11750ML
 BRYANT BETTINAPROPRIETARY  RED' 11750ML
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BRYANT BETTINA PROPRIETARY RED 2011
Since its debut vintage in 1992, the Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon has always been 100% Cabernet Sauvignon made from a 13-acre vineyard atop Pritchard Hill, overlooking Lake Hennessey. It is a magnificent site that has served as a catalyst for other producers to plant vineyards in this gorgeous, distinctive micro-climate and terroir. The Bettina cuvee, named after Don Bryant's wife, is a proprietary blend from viticulturist David Abreu's three estate vineyards, Madrona Ranch, Thorevilos and his estate on Howell Mountain called Lucia. Often dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, it usually includes a considerable amount of Cabernet Franc and smaller quantities of Merlot and Petit Verdot. A third cuvee called DB4 is the least expensive offering produced from the same vineyards as the Bettina. Although I have not tasted any recent vintages, it is made in a more forward, drinkable style. As for the 100% Cabernet Sauvignon flagship wine from Pritchard Hill, after a period where Bryant Family changed winemakers and there were numerous distractions (2001 and 2002), these wines have come back to represent some of the most singular and prodigious Cabernet Sauvignons of Napa Valley.
The estate's 2011 Bettina offers up sweet red berries, freshly cut flowers, mint, spices and crushed rocks. The 2011 Bettina stands out for its bright, high-toned aromas and flavors, as well as its intense, saline minerality. Everything about the 2011 is in the right place. This is a flat-out great bottle of wine. In a word: Fabulous. Wow! Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029.
ROBERT PARKER SCORE 92
750ml Bottle