2013 Red Cap Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1 X 750 ML)

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The Davies family, proprietors of Schramsberg Vineyards and J. Davies Estate in Napa Valley, presents its first vintage of Red Cap Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from the valley's Howell Mountain District. Building upon its experience with its home property on Diamond Mountain in the valley's western Mayacamas Range, this bottling represents the Davies team's first effort with Cabernet Sauvignon from the valley's eastern Vaca Range. Second-generation Vintner Hugh Davies, Senior Winemaker Sean Thompson and Consultant Celia Welch have collaborated well together since 2008 in crafting Davies Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons, and they are very proud to present this unique vineyard-designate bottling from the 2013 vintage.

The Vineyard
The Red Cap vineyard is located near the summit of Howell Mountain at an elevation of 1900 feet, along the western facing Vaca Mountain range. On this location, the Aiken loam and red rocky volcanic soils provide great root support and drainage, growing grapes which contain a round, balanced structure. The berries are also much smaller on the mountain side, providing higher skin to juice ratio, deepening the color of the wine while increasing tannins. Red Cap's position above the fog line has a broad temperature range throughout the day. When compared to the valley floor, evening temperatures are wamer and daytime temperatures are cooler which supports greater acid retention within the grapes. This combination of soil and environment leads to an extraordinary site for growing delicious Cabernet Sauvignon.

Tasting notes

This Red Cap Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits dark perfumed aromas of blueberry compote combined with milk chocolate, fresh tobacco leaf and white pepper. The palate is lively, complex and fruitful. Flavors of red plum and chai spice mingle with mountain sage and coffee notes, all seamlessly brought together with fully integrated tannins that sustain a long and youthful finish.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies


94 Points
A full-bodied red that's polished and refined with silky tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Charcoal undertones. Very savory and delicious. Better in 2018.- JamesSuckling.com (January 2015)
94 Points
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Cap offers up a compelling mélange of sweet red cherry jam, spice, mint, white paper and pomegranate. This is an especially plush, succulent Cabernet for Howell Mountain, with soft contours and plenty of voluptuousness. readers won't have to wait too much here, as the 2013 is already quite expressive. Veins of mineral and savory notes extended finish. This is a brilliant effort from Hugh Davies and winemaker Celia Welch.- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (October 2015)
93 Points
Openly rich and fruity, with showy red and black fruits supported by dusty, cedary oak and licorice details. Tightens on the finish, but the fine-grained tannins let the flavors flow. Drink now through 2028.- Wine Spectator (August 2016)