Davies Vineyards

California: Napa Valley, United States

J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley – 2014

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  • Introduction

    • The Davies family, proprietors of Schramsberg Vineyards in Napa Valley, presents its 14th vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is produced from the historic Diamond Mountain vineyards purchased in 1965 and replanted to Bordeaux varietals beginning in 1994. The wine is named in honor of patriarch Jack L. Davies, who along with his wife, Jamie, revived the Schramsberg property and established the preeminent American sparkling wine house more than five decades ago. A creation of the next generation of the Davies family, the J. Davies Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is the product of an intimate knowledge of a place and a passion to create a delicious red wine.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • The vineyard blocks, totaling 41 acres, are laid out in three isolated pockets ranging from approximately 500 to 1,000 feet in elevation. They include the two Schram sections, Napa Valley’s first hillside vineyards, originally established in 1862 by Jacob Schram. The third piece is the adjacent McEachran parcel that was first planted by Colin McEachran in 1878 and then purchased by Schramsberg in 1985. These are the southernmost vineyards in the Diamond Mountain District AVA. Flanked by two cool creek canyons (Nash Creek to the north and Ritchie Creek to the south) and surrounded by dense coniferous and deciduous forests, the vines here produce late-ripening, richly concentrated fruit with average yields of just two tons per acre.

    • Appellation: Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, estate-grown
  • Vintage Report

    • Harvest Date(s): September 10 - October 17, 2014
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Aging: 24 months in French oak, 78% new
    • Bottled: August 11, 2016
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot
    • Production (in cases): 2,825 (9-Liter)
    • Alcohol: 14.5%
    • TA: 0.56 g/100 mL
    • p H: 3.83
    • Release Date: September 1, 2017
  • Tasting Notes

    • “The 2014 J. Davies Estate Cabernet Sauvignon leads with rich aromas of dark red cherry, black plum, tobacco leaf and white pepper. The palate is completely layered with fruitful flavors of cassis and blueberry, with delicious undertones of cinnamon, clove and coriander. The polished fine-grain tannins carry the flavors to a long finish.”
      – Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies

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Reviews

  • J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley – 2014 – 93 points – Wine & Spirits

    “Oak leads in this cabernet, shrouding the fruit in scents of cocoa and some bitter wood spice. Slowly, air transforms that spice into notes of bay leaf and bergamot, while the narrow structure reveals cool-ripened fruit. This is gamey and fresh..."

  • J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley – 2014 – 95 points – The Wine Advocate

    “… gorgeously elegant, beautiful wine with terrific purity, plenty of blue, red and black fruits, some floral notes, medium to full body, supple tannins and a layered mouthfeel that builds incrementally to a long, long finish. ..."

  • J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley – 2014 – 91 points – Wine Enthusiast

    "Soft and robustly concentrated, this showcases its mountain fruit in a powerful way, with interwoven layers of cola spice, tobacco and dark black fruit. The oak adds a reductive character to the dense, full-bodied whole."

  • J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley – 2014 – 93 points – Wine Spectator

    “Makes an assertive statement, with rich, loamy earth, dark berry, licorice, mocha and crushed rock flavors, holding focus and gaining depth and nuance. Maintains complexity from start to finish...”

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