2016 Davies Napa Valley Cabernet Sauv. - Library (1 X 750 ML)

The Davies family, proprietors of Schramsberg Vineyards and the J. Davies Estate Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley, presents its third vintage of Davies Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Expanding from the knowledge gained through the production of the J. Davies Estate wines on Diamond Mountain, this bottling offers a broader exploration of the Napa Valley. A diverse blend of vineyards, ranging from valley floor to both the Mayacamas and Vaca mountain ranges, provided the winemaking team a great range of delicious fruit with which to craft this 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

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.

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Tasting notes

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


90 Points
Overdelivering on its price point, this is a well-made, impressively structured red wine, blended with 9% Petit Verdot and 4% Malbec. Soft in texture and moderate in acidity, it has high-toned red fruit that presents as tart and tangy beneath firm, integrated tannin and vanilla oak.- Wine Enthusiast (November 2019)
90 Points
... 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)
90 Points
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon DV is bold, powerful and expressive. Beams of tannin give the 2016 its shape and overall energy. Crème de cassis, smoke, graphite, plum and dark spice notes all meld together in this unctuous, potent Cabernet. Even with all of its flamboyance, the 2016 has a good bit of supporting structure as well.- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (December 2018)