Davies Vineyards

California: Napa Valley, United States

J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley – 2002

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • J.Davies' Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley wines are estate-grown, produced and bottled. 42 of the 217 acres on the estate are planted to vineyards. There are two historic vineyards on the property: The Schram Vineyard first planted in 1862 and the McEachran Vineyard first planted in 1878. The average yield for both vineyards is 2 tons per acre.

      Vineyard Composition: 84% Schram Vineyard, 16% McEachran Vineyard

  • Tasting Notes

    • "Rich, dense berry fruit jumps out of the glass. Reminiscent of blackberry, boysenberry and black cherry, these delicious fruitful aromas are lifted by hints of anise and clove - the sweet spice characteristic of ripe Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. The intense juicy flavors that follow are balanced with resolved tannins and light touches of vanillin and toasted oak. Unfiltered and unfined, its palate is smooth, velvety, and complete. "

      -Hugh Davies, Winemaker

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec

      Barrel Aging: 19 months in 50% new oak and 50% single-vintage barrels

      Filtration: Unfined, unfiltered

      Bottle Aging: 9 months

      Release Date: April 2, 2005

      100% Napa Valley Certification Mark

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Reviews

  • J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley – 2002 – 91 points – The Wine Report

    “An intense ruby, this wine’s smooth character, balanced full body and ‘gritty tannins’ had one panelist predicting it would become ‘a champ in the future.’ Dark fruit, smoked oak, black pepper, vanilla and chocolate aromas danced through the nose. Flavors of dark fruit, mint, cherry-vanilla soda, red licorice and sage skipped through the mouth. With its ‘sumptuous’ mouthfeel (despite a bit of sediment), this enjoyable wine will soften with age. The finish swayed through layers of ‘vibrant’ fruit before lingering on ‘shades of earth.'”

  • J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley – 2002 – “3 corkscrews” – Chicago Tribune

    “Hail the Cabs of 2002”

    “From Napa’s Diamond Mountain District, this wine was the “bargain pour” of the tasting. Very friendly for a big wine, it offered a heady floral and berry nose and a vivid ruby color. A touch of black pepper, a whiff of anise and plenty of tobacco and leathery notes were hallmarks.”

    Bill Daley

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