2014 J. Davies "jd" Cabernet Sauvignon (1 x 750ml)

The Davies family, proprietors of Schramsberg Vineyards in Napa Valley, presents its ninth vintage of J. Davies "jd" Diamond Mountain District Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Like its companion J. Davies Estate bottlings, this red wine is crafted solely from the densely-flavored, richly-structured fruit grown on the family’s hillside property. Following the blending of J. Davies, winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies carefully select from the remaining outstanding barrels of wine to craft this offering. Vibrant and approachable as a young wine, the medium-bodied "jd" is released after two years of aging. Bearing the initials of Jack Davies, who along with his wife, Jamie, revived the historic Schramsberg winery property in 1965, it is the product of an intimate knowledge of this place, and a passion to create delicious Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Vineyards
The vineyard blocks, totaling 41 acres, are laid out in three isolated pockets ranging from 500 to 1000 feet in elevation. They include the two Schram sections, Napa Valley’s first hillside vineyards, originally established in 1862 by Jacob Schram, and the McEachran parcel, which was first planted by Colin McEachran in 1878. 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 compact coniferous and deciduous forests, the vines here produce late-ripening, richly concentrated fruit with average yields of just two tons per acre.

Tasting notes

Aromas of vanilla, blueberry, and mulberry are accentuated by licorice and dark chocolate. The bright entry of raspberry and clove are infused with a hint of mint and fresh plum, which are sustained by the extended youthful finish.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies

Reviews

93+ Points
Another beautiful wine from the Davies Family. Dense ruby/purple with crème de cassis, licorice and spice, the wine cuts a medium to fullbodied mouthfeel, but has superb purity, and impeccable balance. Nothing is out of place, the tannins silky, the acidity offers vibrancy and the fruit is pure and present. This is a beauty to drink over the next 15-20 years.- The Wine Advocate (December 2016)
93 Points
From the producer's mountain estate, and blended with 7% Malbec, this wine is chalky in blue fruit, with a hearty back-palate of tannin. The grit softens in the glass, revealing nuanced elegance and shades of nutmeg, cherry and blueberry brightness.- Wine Enthusiast (September 2017)
91 Points
Charming and agreeable, with raspberry, blackberry, anise, cedar and sage flavors. Ends with a dash of toasty oak that adds dimension and length.- Wine Spectator (June 2017)

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