2016 Bryant Family DB4 Red Wine Blend

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Wine Critic Reviews for 2016 Bryant Family DB4 Red Wine Blend

This is a solid red with currants and tobacco and hints of cedar and dried herbs. Some green olives. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Shows focus and tension. Needs two or three years to lightly soften. Drink after 2021.

James Suckling | 95 JS
The 2016 DB4 checks in as a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and the balance Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, sourced all from the Madrona, Lucia, and Thorevilos vineyards. It’s a beautiful, seamless wine that offers lots of blackcurrants, licorice, and roasted herb aromatics, medium to full body, fine tannins, and terrific overall balance. This beauty just glides over the palate and is already a joy to drink, yet it’s capable of lasting for 15 years or more.

Jeb Dunnuck | 92 JD
The 2016 Proprietary Red DB4 is composed of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, sourced from three David Abreu properties: Madrona, Thorevilos and Lucia Howell Mountain. In recent years, some of the Bryant estate fruit has been incorporated. Deep garnet-purple colored, it opens with lovely spice cake and plums notions over a cassis and red rose core with hints of pencil lead and cedar chest. The palate is full, rich, opulent and spicy with lovely plush tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long. Very polished!

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 92 RP
The 2016 DB 4 is a gorgeous entry-level offering from Bryant. Dark cherry, plum, mocha, espresso and licorice all flesh out in a radiant, wonderfully inviting wine that will be ready to deliver serious pleasure pretty much upon release. Soft curves and generous, plush fruit add to the wine's considerable appeal. What a gorgeous wine this is.

Vinous Media | 92 VM
Extremely concentrated, this is dripping with pure liquorice root and pencil lead alongside tons of deep cassis. Brightly polished tannins, buff and sleek, this is certainly full throttle with clear, yet well integrated, oak notes. Powerful and with impact. Drinking Window 2021 - 2030.

Decanter | 91 DEC

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Vintage 2016
Color Red
Country US: As one of the most prolific and innovative wine regions in the world, America is a joy to explore. Most wine connoisseurs will agree that the nation's finest and most compelling wines are being produced today, which means that we have front-row seats to one of the most inspirational stories in wine history. While other regions tend to focus on specific wine styles and have somewhat strict rules as to which varietals you could grow, areas like California have few such restrictions in place. As a result, creative visionaries behind America's most reputable estates have been able to develop compelling, unique, and innovative styles, with a level of terroir expression that rivals even France's largest giants.
Producer Bryant Family
Rating 95 JS
Region California: With a history of wine production that dates back to the 18th century, California currently sits as one of the world's most prolific and reputable wine regions. With an area as vast as California, you can expect a colorful collage of terroir profiles, a series of microclimates, and micro-environments that give the wine a unique, memorable appeal. The region's produce is far from homogenized in that sense, and it would take you countless hours to sample all of it. While the region boasts scars from the Prohibition era, it went through what can only be described as a viticultural Renaissance sometime after the 1960s. At that point, California went from a port-style, sweet wine region to a versatile and compelling competitor on the world market. Today, no matter which way your taste in wine leans, you can find a new favorite producer among California's most talented. Notable sub-regions include legendary names like Napa Valley and Sonoma County, places that any wine lover would die to visit. California's quintessential warm climate allows for incredibly ripe fruit expressions, a style that provides a stark contrast to Old World-inspired, earthy classics. Even where inspiration was clearly taken from staple French appellations, Californian winemakers put their own unique spin on the wine.
Type of Wine California Red: Whether it's Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah or Zinfandel, Californian red wine producers have a lovely habit of taking a varietal and expressing its essence in a unique, never before seen way. From Napa Valley to the regions south of Los Angeles, there's a red for everyone - and it's never too late to start exploring.
Varietal Proprietary Blend: There's a level of mystery and intrigue when it comes to drinking a wine for which you're not fully informed about, and if that sounds like a thrilling idea to you, then you're probably already interested in proprietary blends. While the concept doesn't have a legal definition, it is used to describe blends whose components aren't disclosed by the producer. In many cases, the wine tends to be a Bordeaux-inspired blend, but this isn't always the case.
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