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2016 Davies Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1 X 750 ML)
Five vineyards sites from across Napa Valley have come together to construct this wine. Two vineyards from the lush, alluvial soils on the valley floor in Yountville and Rutherford, contribute a core of deep flavors and firm tannins. Moving just off the valley floor, at the foot of Mount St. Helena in Calistoga, is a site that springs from white soils, yielding softer and brighter fruitful nuances. Finally, two rugged mountain hillside sites, where the soils are volcanic, are brought in. These sites, from Diamond Mountain on the west side of the valley and Howell Mountain from the east, cultivate low-yielding vines that produce ripe red fruit for balance and structure.
The 2016 vintage was a near-perfect growing season with ideal weather condition throughout. Thanks to a relatively steady and mild July and August, and then a series of warm days at the end of the growing season, vineyards were able to progress to perfect ripeness for the light yields that were present.
The 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet opens with rich aromas of spiced cherry, red plum and cranberry, accentuated by undertones of red licorice, vanilla and cinnamon. Well-integrated tannins anchor the wines palate where the fruitful entry of blackberry, pomegranate and red currant leads to an equally smooth finish of fig, Indian spice and nutmeg.- Winemakers Sean Thompson, Hugh Davies and Celia Welch
A bit more forward and easier to access at this point than most of the Davies Cabernets, this well- mannered effort shows fine definition and fruity depth with a ready sense of layering to its ongoing mix of currants, creamy oak, caramel and lightly loamy properties. It is not without tannin yet keeps youthful astringency nicely in check, and, while it requires no more than a few years of cellaring to come into its own, it is balanced to keep going and grow for two or three times as long.- Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (August 2019)