2006 Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill Napa Valley

2006 Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill Napa Valley

2006 Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill Napa Valley

94 pts , 2009
94 pts , 2007
91 pts
 
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Napa Valley
2006

The 2006 vintage was not the easiest for Napa growers, as a wide range of issues demanded careful management of the vineyards. It started as winter flooding, and wet weather pushed back bud break — spring botrytis was a problem. Things heated up in June and July, and shatter was a problem, but the pace of ripening also caught up somewhat in the warm conditions. August cooled off a bit, allowing the pace of ripening to continue at a good clip, and conditions remained sound through the harvest. Cool temperatures arrived in October, with a little rain in the first week, and mold was a concerns. Late-ripening Cabernet struggled somewhat to achieve perfect physiological ripeness, and while the vintage has produced some very good to excellent wines, it is a bit more variable than the stellar years that surround it.

Key Dates

June
Conditions warmer than average

July
Conditions warmer than average

August
Coolest of the summer months

October
Slight rain at the start of the month

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Producer Facts

Winery Name

  • Bryant Family Vineyard

Web Site

  • http://www.bryantwines.com/

Ownership/Management

  • Don and Bettina Bryant

Area Under Vine: 13 Acres

Wines Made: Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Bettina Bryant Proprietary Red Wine, Bryant Family Vineyard DB4

Terroir: The vineyard is on a volcanic ridge line that ends where they are located, and resurfaces on the other side of the lake and then runs all the way to Mount Saint Helena. The base soils are Sobrante loam series, but vary widely, with the changes in the vineyard identified mostly by the degree of slope and relative position on the ridge. The magma that forms the ridge cooled at various rates, with the surface cooling quicker and forming more friable rocks with gas trapped inside. The deeper magma cooled slower and is harder and more basalt, andesitic and rhyolitic in nature. These variations result in differences in the vineyard, with the north side composed of larger rocks, the opposite side composed of finer, deeper soils, though still well drained. Those on the rockier soils have very little root zone and get irrigated, others are dry farmed.

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  • Full, tannic wines with notes of blackcurrant and cassis

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