2015 J. Davies "Jamie" Cabernet (1x 750 mL)

The Davies family, proprietors of Schramsberg and Davies Vineyards in Napa Valley, presents the fourth vintage of the J. Davies Estate Jamie, the finest Cabernet Sauvignon crafted from its historic Diamond Mountain vineyard property. Bearing her signature, this wine is named in honor of Schramsbergs matriarch, the late Jamie Davies. Along with her husband Jack, she revived the Schramsberg property in 1965 with a inspired vision of crafting world-class American sparkling wines. Five decades later, son Hugh, his wife Monique and a second generation of the Davies has taken on the challenge of producing extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignon from vines grown on the familys hillside property. They are proud to release the J. Davies Estate Jamie Cabernet Sauvignon, representing the pinnacle of an endeavor that spans over 54 years.

The vineyard blocks, totaling 41 acres, are laid out in three isolated pockets ranging from 500 to 1,000 feet in elevation. The first two are the original Schram sections, Napa Valleys first hillside vineyards, originally established by Jacob Schram in 1862. The third section is the adjacent McEachran parcel, which was first planted by Colin McEachran in 1878. These are the southernmost vineyards in the Diamond Mountain District AVA. Supported by diverse volcanic soils, 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.

The four years between 2011 and 2015 were the driest period in California since record keeping began in 1895. This resulted in small clusters of grapes with highly concentrated flavors, with the 2015 vintage being remembered for high quality and low yields. The growing season started with unseasonably warm temperatures resulting in an early bud break and bloom. Cooler temperatures in May led to below average fruit set.

Tasting notes

This wine holds perfumed aromas of blueberry, raspberry and plum combined with dark chocolate and espresso. Dense concentrated fruit flavors of dark plum and blackberry mingle effortlessly with layered cardamom and anise through a juicy mid-palate supported by long integrated tannins.- Winemakers Sean Thompson, Celia Welch and Hugh Davies

Reviews

93-95+ Points
...The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Jaime displays a deep garnet-purple color and nose of plum preserves, crème de cassis, mocha and licorice with hints of blueberry pie, Chinese five spice, black soil and pepper. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and wonderfully decadent, it has a firm backbone of fine-grained tannins supporting the generous fruit, finishing on a spicy note.- Wine Advocate (October 2017)
94 Points - Cellar Selection
Tasting Notes - TBA- Wine Enthusiast (February 2020)
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