Davies Vineyards

California: Napa Valley, United States

J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, Jamie, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley – 2012

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  • Introduction

    • The Davies family, proprietors of Schramsberg and Davies Vineyards in Napa Valley, presents the inaugural vintage of J. Davies “Jamie,” the finest Cabernet Sauvignon crafted from its historic Diamond Mountain vineyard property. Bearing her signature, this wine is named in honor of Schramsberg’s matriarch, the late Jamie Davies. Along with her husband Jack, she revived the Schramsberg property in 1965 with a inspired vision of crafting world-class American sparkling wines. Five decades later, son Hugh, wife Monique and a second generation of the Davies have taken on the challenge of producing extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignon from vines grown on the family’s hillside property. They are proud to release the J. Davies Jamie Cabernet Sauvignon, representing the pinnacle of an endeavor that spans 154 years.

  • 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, which was first planted by Colin McEachran in 1878 and was 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): October 10-30
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Aging: 30 months in French oak, 93% new
    • Coopers: Marques, Vicard, Boutes, Taransaud
    • Bottled: January 19, 2015
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Production (in cases): 325 cases (9L)
    • Alcohol: 14.8%
    • TA: 0.61g/100ml)
    • p H: 3.83
    • Release Date: April 1, 2016
  • Tasting Notes

    • The 2012 Jamie holds dark perfumed aromas of blueberry jam combined with cocoa, vanilla cream and tobacco. The palate is bold, complex and fruitful. Flavors of Loganberry and blackberry mingle with dark chocolate, and are seamlessly brought together with fine-grain tannins that sustain a long and youthful finish. – Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies, winemakers; Celia Welch, consulting winemaker

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Reviews

  • J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, Jamie, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley – 2012 – 94 points, Top 100 Reds of Napa Valley 2016, #70 – jamessuckling.com

    “Dried flowers with lots of black currants and some sweet tobacco. This is rich, full-bodied and juicy with chewy tannins. It has a wonderful intensity yet it remains constrained. Beautiful cabernet from the Diamond district. Long finish.”

  • J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, Jamie, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley – 2012 – 95 points, Cellar Selection – Wine Enthusiast

    “…powerfully elegant, intense yet refined. It begins with a high-toned, graceful entry that’s rich in blueberry and chocolate, the oak smooth and integrated, with a suggestion of hand-rolled tobacco.”

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