2020 "Oliven Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon (1 x 750 ml)

The Davies family, proprietors of Schramsberg Vineyards and J. Davies Estate in Napa Valley, presents its first bottling of the Oliven Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from the Calistoga District. Building upon its Cabernet Sauvignon experience with its home property on Diamond Mountain since 2001, and a broad range of other Napa Valley sites since 2012, the Davies team connected with Oliven in 2020. 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 2020 vintage.

Oliven Vineyard, which is located south of Tubbs Lane within the Calistoga AVA, was developed in 2017. Owners Jon and Joy Alferness planted three blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon in the well-draining alluvial and loamy soils on the property, and have farmed the land organically from the start. At approximately 390 ft. in elevation, daytime temperatures at this altitude are quite warmer allowing for a fast accumulation of sugar and ripening of the fruit during the growing season. Cool maritime air from the Pacific Ocean, which arrives at night, helps the grapes maintain their acidic structure and balance. This combination of geology and climate creates an exceptional site to cultivate delicious Cabernet Sauvignon.

The 2020 Napa grape season will be remembered for years to come, but unfortunately for some reasons outside of traditional metrics. The winter was moderate and dry, with limited rain to restore groundwater. Budbreak, flowering and fruit set got the season off to a great start; however, once the areas Cabernet Sauvignon was ready to harvest, the area was struck with the devastating Glass Fire. While a small percentage of the 2020 Cabernets had been harvested when the fire started, the remainder of the seasons harvest was lost due to the intense heat and smoke. We are glad that we were able to harvest the Oliven blocks prior to the fire, allowing us to craft this exceptional red wine.

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Tasting notes

This 2020 Oliven Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon presents aromas of blueberry, cherry, cassis, and plum, layered with notes of crushed herb, tobacco leaf, forest floor, and mocha. A broad and juicy entry, with layers of blackberry and raspberry coulis, leads to a lush midpalate with hints of cocoa nib, marshmallow, and espresso. The finish resonates with velvety and fine-grained tannins, balanced structure and longevity.- Winemakers Sean Thompson, Jessica Koga and Hugh Davies