2013 J. Davies Cabernet Sauv. Magnum (1 X 1.5 L) - Library Wine

The Davies family, proprietors of Schramsberg Vineyards in Napa Valley, presents its thirteenth vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon crafted from the historic Diamond Mountain vineyards they purchased in 1965. Replanted to Bordeaux varietals beginning in 1994, J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon is the creation of the next generation of the Davies family; it is the product of an intimate knowledge of a place and a passion to create a delicious red wine. The wine is named in honor of patriarch Jack L. Davies, who along with his wife, Jamie, revived the Schramsberg property and established the preeminent American sparkling wine house 50 years ago.

Tasting notes

Dense aromas of black cherry, blueberry compote, with hints of vanilla, clove and black pepper permeate this offering of J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon. The palate is layered and complex with flavors of ripe blackberry and black plum infused with black tea, dried orange peel and baking spice. The integrated tannins are youthful but lead seamlessly to a long and powerful finish.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies

Reviews

93 Points
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon J. Davies is soft, juicy and open-knit, whi soft contours, juicy fruit and terrific overall balance. Rasberry jam, spices and wild flowers all flesh out in the glass. The addition of the 11% Malbec and 4% Petit Verdot give the J. Davies an extra kick of mid-palate juiciness and overall intensity. Here, too, the style is ripe and racy to the core, with all the elements in the right place.- Vinous (October 2015)
91 Points
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon J. Davies exhibits floral and black and red currant notes, background oak and earth, medium to full body, beautiful purity and a harmonious, well-balanced mouthfeel and length. Tannins are well integrated and the wine drinkable now as well as lasting and evolving for another 15 or more years.- The Wine Advocate (December 30 2015)
91 Points
This very deep and impressively filled wine is still a bit stymied by the contradictions of youth. It is rich and open at one moment and grittily tannic the next, and, while not at all wanting in ripeness and fairly plump on entry, it exhibits plenty of lean muscle with both acidity and evident heat surfacing at the end. It is, in fact, a good many things, but being polished is not one of them, and that finishing piece will take some time to arrive. Check in on it in a few years if you must, but this one could sit undisturbed for many more, and it looks to be on track for a decade of improvement.- Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (August 2016)

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