The 2005 is by far the strongest vintage at Bryant Family Vineyard, displaying the classic blueberry jam notes intermixed with cassis, smoke, underbrush, and spice. It is a full-bodied, opulent, fleshy wine that is beautifully pure, long, dense, and concentrated. Nevertheless, the forward style of this vintage argues for drinking this wine over the next 15+ years.
Elegant and stylish, with ripe, vivid black cherry, currant, wild berry and black olive flavors that gain depth and vibrancy, picking up body and complexity and ending with a long, lingering finish that keeps repeating the fruit and cedary oak themes. Best from 2011 through 2017.
The 2005 continues to exhibit a European-styled finesse, elegance, and a certain austerity. The wine also shows considerable new oak, lots of acidity, which is almost atypical for this vineyard site, and a deep ruby/purple color with notes of cedar, bay leaf, cigar box, and copious quantities of black currant liqueur. It is a streamlined, classic, but slightly austere style for Bryant. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025.
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