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The May 2022 Auction: Part 3

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Auction Ends: 5/19/2022 6:00:00 PM PDT

Lot #563. Bryant Family Vineyard Proprietary Red DB4 2014

Description: Consists of 1 Bottle, 0.75L
Score: 93 AG.
"The 2014 DB4 is an exceptional wine. Dark and mysterious, with silky, polished tannins, the 2014 DB4 will give readers a very good look at the quality level at Bryant this year. Succulent red cherry, plum, flowers, mint and lavender grace the palate in a very pretty, delicate wine endowed with striking purity and finesse. The DB4 may very well be the single greatest value in high-end Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard sites are: Bryant, Madrona Ranch, Thorevilos and Abreu Las Posadas. It just doesn't get better than that. The 2014 probably doesn't have the structure to age for more than a decade or so, but it is absolutely delicious today. Winemaker Marc Gagnon arrived at Bryant from Screaming Eagle in June 2014 and made an immediate impact. Gagnon describes 2014 as a year with a long growing season that started early and ended early. Perhaps more importantly, there were no heat spikes, which gave Gagnon the opportunity to pick each block at his choosing. Among other things, Gagnon sought freshness in 2014, clearly relying on the approach he learned at Screaming Eagle, and also lowered the use of new oak slightly. I remember tasting the 2014s from barrel that fall. The wines were striking then. They are even more beautiful today. Winemaking often comes down to knowing when to do what. In 2014, Gagnon crushed it. The bottled 2014s are fresh, vibrant and full of intensity. These are extraordinary wines. It's as simple as that. Two thousand fifteen was a much more complex vintage. Here, too, the wines are looking good. Lastly, I would be remiss if I did not mention the DB4, Bryant's second wine, which is one of the very best Napa Valley wines readers will find in its price range. The early Napa cult estates like Bryant sometimes take quite a bit of criticism for their high prices, which, is at times, frankly, justified. Bryant is one of just a few top-tier Napa Valley estates that also gives consumers a more affordable option to their flagship wines. Readers who have not tasted these wines in a number of years owe it to themselves to do so." Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com, Oct 2016
Provenance: The Montagneux Cellar
Lot Location: Orange County
Estimate: $90

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