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