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2017 J. Davies Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1 x 750 ml)
J. Davies Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is the creation of two generations of the Davies family, the product of an intimate knowledge of a place and of a passion to create 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 over 50 years ago.
The vineyard blocks, totaling 41 acres, are laid out in three isolated pockets ranging from approximately 550 to 1,000 feet in elevation. They include the two Schram sections, Napa Valleyâs first hillside vineyards, originally established in 1862 by Jacob Schram. The third piece is the adjacent McEachran parcel, which was first planted by Colin McEachran in 1878 and was purchased by Schramsberg in 1985. These are the southernmost vineyards in the Diamond Mountain District AVA. Flanked by two cool creek canyons (Nash Creek to the north and Ritchie Creek to the south) and surrounded by dense coniferous and deciduous forests, the vines here produce late-ripening, richly concentrated fruit with average yields of just two tons per acre.
For the 2017 vintage, abundant winter rains prior to the growing season helped recharge reservoirs and groundwater. Spring weather was cool to mild, with increased vine vigor and extended flowering in some areas. The summer was warm with heat spikes throughout July, August and September. Cooler weather arrived after Labor Day weekend giving Bordeaux varieties extra hang time.
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The 2017 J. Davies Estate Cabernet opens with rich aromas of black plum, red cherry and marionberry, accentuated by undertones of vanilla, cola spice, fresh bay leaf and mint. Firm but integrated tannins anchor the wines palate, where a broad entry of blueberry and milk chocolate is followed by flavors of fresh coffee and blackberry.- Winemakers Sean Thompson, Celia Welch and Hugh Davies
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon J. Davies is the most complete of the four vineyard-designate wines in the range. Graphite, plum, smoke, crushed rocks, menthol and licorice meld together in a Cabernet that deftly balances super-ripe fruit with layers of Diamond Mountain savoriness. I especially like the energy here. Like so many Diamond Mountain Cabernets, the 2017 J. Davies reveals different shades of its personality with time in the glass. It is a beguiling Cabernet to enjoy over the next 10-15 years, maybe more.- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (January 2020)
This packs in serious juicy plum, blackberry and black currant paste flavors, laced with lively sassafras and sage notes. A singed wood spice accent adds texture and range to the finish. A touch of cellaring will allow this to unwind fully.- Wine Spectator (July 2020)
The 2017 J. Davies Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet-purple in color with scents of plum pudding, spice cake and fresh figs with baked black currants, blackberry pie and tilled soil pplus a hint of dried sage. The palate is full-bodied, firm and grainy with well played freshness and a mineral edge to the finish.- Wine Advocate (October 2019)