2019 "Red Cap Vineyard" Cabernet (1 X 750 ML)

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The Davies family, proprietors of Schramsberg Vineyards and Davies Vineyards in Napa Valley, presents its seventh bottling of the Red Cap Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from the Howell Mountain District. Building upon its experience with its home property on Diamond Mountain in the valleys western Mayacamas Range, this bottling represents the Davies teams effort with Cabernet Sauvignon from the valleys eastern Vaca Range. Second-generation Vintner Hugh Davies, Director of Winemaking Sean Thompson and Consultant Celia Welch have collaborated well together since 2008 in crafting Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons, and they are very proud to present this unique vineyard-designate bottling from the 2019 vintage.

Red Cap Vineyard, planted in 2003 and farmed biodynamically by the Altemus family, is located near the summit of Howell Mountain at an elevation of 1,900 feet. At this location, the Aiken loam and red rocky volcanic soils provide great root support and drainage. These mountain soils produce smaller berries with higher skin to juice ratio, deepening the color of the wine while increasing tannins. Howell Mountain is known for powerful tannins, however our winemaking team skillfully extracts just enough to produce a wine with rounded and balanced structure. Red Caps position above the fog line affords it a broad temperature range throughout the day. When compared to the valley floor, evening temperatures are warmer and daytime temperatures are cooler, which supports greater acid retention within the grapes. This combination of soil and environmental conditions leads to an extraordinary site for growing delicious Cabernet Sauvignon.

The 2019 growing season started off with lots of winter rain and cold temperatures. Mild conditions continued throughout the summer with an occasional heat wave allowing the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly. The 2019 vintage delivered high quality with relatively large yields, balanced acidity and superb flavors.

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Tasting notes

The 2019 "Red Cap Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon embraces a bouquet of tangy fruit, including wild blueberry, cherry and red raspberry. The essence of maple, vanilla and nutmeg accentuate the nose. The entry coats the palate with boysenberry, baking spice, toast and white pepper. A savory, dense and juicy center integrates with soft tannins for a bright and dynamic finish.- Winemakers Sean Thompson, Jessica Koga and Hugh Davies

Reviews

94 Points
A fruity red with notes of ripe blackberries and cherries, peppermint and dried herbs. Full-bodied and juicy, with polished tannins and savory and fruity finish. Plenty of fruit. Attractive to drink now, but even better in 2023 and onwards.- James Suckling, November 2021
94 Points
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Cap Vineyard is super-distinctive. Spice, rose petal, mint, incense and earthy notes lift a core of bright, red-fleshed fruit. Richly layered and potent in feel, the Red Cap will benefit from a few years in bottle to help soften some of the edges. It is certainly quite impressive in the early going.- Vinous, January 2022
93 Points
The Davies family, with the help of consultant Celia Welch, have turned out three noteworthy Cabernets from the 2019 vintage. The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Cap Vineyard, sourced from a vineyard on Howell Mountain, features scents of black olive, asphalt, plum, cassis and hints of bay leaf. Full-bodied, rich and almost creamy in texture across the mid-palate, it finishes long and velvety, with distinct echoes of licorice- Wine Advocate, September 2022