The 2012 Bryant Family Vineyard Bettina is a remarkable expression of Napa Valley's prowess. With its deep, inky purple color, it exudes a sense of richness and concentration. On the nose, enticing aromas of blackberries, black currants, and plum entwine with hints of cocoa, vanilla, and a touch of graphite. The palate is full-bodied and opulent, with velvety tannins and a luxurious texture. Flavors of ripe dark fruits, such as blackberries and black cherries, take center stage, complemented by layers of mocha, spice, and a subtle floral note. The wine unfolds gracefully, revealing its complexity and depth. The finish is long and satisfying, leaving a lasting impression of dark fruit and a touch of oak. The 2012 Bryant Family Vineyard Bettina is a harmonious and indulgent wine, showcasing the estate's commitment to crafting exceptional Bordeaux-style blends.
Robert Parker - 96 Points
"The seductive 2012 Proprietary Red Bettina offers up a more Margaux-like femininity compared to the overwhelming power and richness of the Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is a blend sourced from three of David Abreu’s vineyards – Madrona, Thorevilos and Lucia. Notes of Christmas fruitcake, underbrush, blackcurrants, black cherries, licorice and spice box emerge from this complex 2012. At this stage, it is more evolved and aromatically satisfying than the pure blue and black fruits of the Cabernet Sauvignon. Full-bodied and opulent with impeccable balance as well as purity, this wine is already hard to resist because of its surprising complexity and poise. Drink it over the next 15-20 years."
Antonio Galloni - 94 Points
"Graphite, lavender, smoke, plums and violets meld together in the 2012 Bettina, a Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend made from David Abreu fruit. The flavors are brighter, more focused and more vibrant than in the Cabernet Sauvignon, with gorgeous beams of supporting tannin that convey energy through the finish. Dark red stone fruits, pencil shavings, cloves, leather and smoke add the final layers of complexity. "