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2018 "Winfield Vineyard" Cabernet (1 x 750 ml)
Winfield Vineyard, first planted in 2000 with additional blocks added in 2014-2015, is owned and managed by Tom Thornton. Located in the Calistoga AVA, in the northern part of the Napa Valley, Winfield Vineyard is situated in the rising foothills of Mount Saint Helena, at an elevation of 425 to 590 feet, on a sloping bench above the valley floor. Slightly higher daytime temperatures at this altitude, compared to nearby vineyards at lower elevations, are ideal for the ripening of the fruit. Evenings receive a gradual cooling, as the maritime air is pulled into the area from the Pacific Ocean, allowing the grapes to maintain structural balance during the growing season. With natural occurring groundwater within the alluvial sedimentary fans of volcanic soil, this unique combination of geology and climate creates an extraordinary place for growing delicious Cabernet Sauvignon with a round, dark richness on the palate.
The long growing season in 2018 revealed a vintage with concentration without being overripe. Despite a warm February, the growing season started off cooler than the past few vintages. A cool spring meant bloom lasted longer than usual, which resulted in a bountiful crop. Summer temperatures were moderate with fewer heat spikes than in recent years. Veraison started later as well, and as a result, harvest started two to three weeks later than in recent years. The resulting fruit exhibited exceptional structure with depth of flavor and noticeable brightness.
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The 2018 Davies Vineyards "Winfield Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon opens with aromas of black cherry, blackberry, pomegranate, and ripe fig intermingled with subtle notes of cedar and espresso. The palate opens with a juicy dense entry, and youthful tannins support flavors of red berry, red cherry, white pepper and tobacco leaf.- Winemakers Sean Thompson, Jessica Koga and Hugh Davies
From the eastern edges of the warm appellation, this wine is well integrated and undeniably rich in tones of baking spice, toasted oak and plum. The fruit takes on a brightness throughout the full-bodied structure of texture and tannin.- Wine Enthusiast (February 2022)
Deep, dense, wonderfully well-filled and yet very refined all at once, the Winfield Vineyard bottling gets our nod as the best of an exceptionally fine lot of single-site Cabernets from Davies in 2018. Its continuous, keenly defined mix of black cherry and currant fruit is enriched with a lovely, always integral measure of slightly creamy oak, and, while possessing very fine tannic structure for age, it is in no way ragged or rough even now. It is sure to repay five or six years of cellaring with even more polish yet, and we have no question but that it will continue to grow for another decade if not more.- Vinous (December 2021)
Alder and cedar notes are inlaid nicely into a core of steeped plum and blackberry fruit in this broad-shouldered wine, while licorice root and humus notes check in through the finish. This is pretty densely packed, so some patience is required.- Wine Spectator (March 2022)