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1997 Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
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Almost too much to drink
12/23/2002
by DrD
This is the quintessential knock-your-socks-off wine. It has everything - the knockout nose of intense berry and cassis flavours with a hint of oak is absolutely stunning. The flavors start off pretty intense and build up exponentially to super-intense with sweet blackberry, cassis, and spicy-peppery notes. No matter what you are eating with this the food becomes overpowered by the wine. You have to be prepared for a wine like this. I have to say I prefer the 96 and the 95 to the 97 as they seem to be more tame and more harmonious. The 97 is an experience more than it is a wine.

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About Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles...
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