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The 2010 Bettina impresses for its tremendous energy, polish and vibrancy. Clean, saline notes support layers of expressive dark red fruit, crushed rocks, smoke, wild flowers and tobacco. A delineated, highly expressive wine, the 2010 emphasizes focus and clarity, but with all of the classic Bryant richness. I especially like the way the 2010 turns dark and explosive on the finish. In 2010, the Bettina is 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, all from David Abreu's Madrona Ranch, Thorevilos and Lucia vineyards.
The 2010 Bettina is drop dead gorgeous. Mint, cloves, flowers, menthol and licorice are some of the many notes that burst from the glass. The 2010 is all about nuance, delineation and precision. There is a vibrancy to the 2010 that is simply striking. Dark blue and black fruit, balsamic notes, crushed rocks and pencil shavings are all layered into the powerful, mineral-infused finish. This is a stellar showing from Bryant. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030. Rating: 97+
Donald L. Bryant founded Bryant Family Vineyard in 1986 with the first vintage released in 1992, after finding success as a businessman and art collector. Perpetuating the cult wine craze of the 1990’s, Bryant Family Vineyard has earned the highest praise and top scores from every respected wine critic. The production facility hosts stunning views overlooking Lake Hennessey and the 13 planted acres of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. These highly allocated, tough to come by wines by Bryant Family are consistently a part of the finest wines produced in Napa, vintage after vintage. Bryant proclaims his wines are “the ultimate expression of the exceptional terroir” and it is Benchmark Wine Group’s pleasure to share such highly regarded bottles.
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