Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish /brick rim.
Light on the nose with blueberries, cherries, plums, oak, light vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, licorice, tobacco leaf, spices, graphite, vinaigrette and peppercorn.
Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, over ripen black cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, cedar, vanilla, leather, spices, earth, chocolates, vinaigrette, herbs and peppercorn.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a nicely aged Bordeaux blend from Napa Valley. Showing great complexity and a nice mouthfeel. Drinks like an aged Right Bank Bordeaux now.
This 14 year old has lost some of its fruits by now. I probably would have liked it better a few years ago.
Needs 2 hours to open up properly and show tannins and complexity.
Really strong black licorice come in after 2 hours of airtime.
Wine Enthusiasts 88 points. Robert Parker 95 points.
Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
A blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. Aged in French oak barrels.
14.8% alcohol by volume.
$80. — 11 days ago
The 2016 ‘Insignia’ is an absolutely incredible showing, and is amongst the most compelling vintages I have yet to taste from the Estate. Composed of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec which spent 24 months in 100% new french oak. As this unwinds in the glass it begins to release its seductive aromatics of ripe dark currants, crème de cassis and blueberries along with fresh violets, pencil shavings, wild sage brush and exotic spices. On the palate this is full-bodied, with a gorgeous rich, opulent texture that is beautifully balance by a lovely touch if underlying acidity keeping it fresh and inviting all the way through the long enveloping finish. Displaying a remarkable combination of both power and precision, the 2016 is a total stunner and will go on to have a marvelous future for many years to come. — 9 days ago
Another sunny 95 degrees in the SAC valley(pretty much the same every day during the summer)...time for pool, prime dinosaur steaks on the grill, and a top cab from the cellar. 2 hour decant (minimal fine sediment). A killer inky ruby red color. On the nose: red fruit, slight bordeaux barn yard (luv it), eucalyptus, earthy, floral. Taste: nice silky mouthfeel with plum, licorice, black cherry, spice, pencil lead..nice long finish. Drink now or over next 10 years. — 12 days ago
A deep dark plum color with lilac undertones. Initial black pepper and cloves aromas but the rich black fruits and and floral notes grow to dominate the nose. This isn’t a standard huge flabby kitchen sink blend, instead it’s actually quite sleek and focused. Sleek, but definitely not dainty. This needs a good bit of air to open up. Harmonious acidity and tannins. Of course, you have to mention the mountain fruit. Beautiful, pure fruit from the Diamond Mountain District that is vibrant and should be for years to come. Tart cherries, cranberries, and blackberries show on the palate. Milk chocolate, cassis, and new leather come to play, as well. — 17 days ago
Dust, floral, and cherries on the nose. Milk chocolate covered cherries with just a hint of forest floor. This is awesome right now. There is a hint of tertiary stuff going on. It blows off, but adds to the experience if that makes sense. Tannins start up front and make a pucker throughout. We’re loving this! Grab a few bottles if you can. I’m going to. Let it breath for an hour tho. — 14 days ago
Celebration to Queen and the late Freddie Mercury at The Grill on the Ally in San Jose Concert tomorrow night. The Bryant Family Cabernet blend is something to celebrate with. On the nose snaps with a dark blackberry and cherry fruit and lingers of veggie, spice and eucalyptus. Taste is full body with a rich fill of black cherry and plum and finishing with a chocolate gravel and vanilla taste. — 5 days ago