2016 J. Davies Estate "Jamie" Cabernet (1 x 750 ml)

The Davies family, proprietors of Schramsberg and Davies Vineyards in Napa Valley, presents the fifth 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 Schramsberg's 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, lead by son Hugh and his wife Monique, a second generation of the Davies have taken on an additional challenge of producing extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignon from vines grown on the family's hillside property. They are proud to release the J. Davies Estate "Jamie" Cabernet Sauvignon, representing the pinnacle of an endeavor that spans over 55 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 Valley's 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 2016 vintage was a near-perfect growing season with ideal weather conditions throughout. Thanks to a relatively steady and mild July and August, and then a series of warm days at the end of the growing season, vineyards were able to progress to perfect ripeness for the light yields that were present.

Tasting notes

The 2016 J. Davies Estate Jamie Cabernet holds rich aromas of black plum and black cherry, combined with espresso and dark chocolate. Dense flavors of blackberry and blueberry mingle effortlessly with layers of mocha, vanilla, and sweet spice supported by velvety tannins with great density for a long, lush finish.- Winemakers Sean Thompson, Celia Welch and Hugh Davies


95 Points - Cellar Selection, Best of Year 2020
Made from estate-grown grapes, this wine opens in soft, supple tannins and a wealth of powerful black fruit. Expansive and weighty on the palate, it unfurls integrated acidity throughout. Black pepper, dried herb and crushed rock components give it an enduring earthiness.- Wine Enthusiast (November 2020)
94 - 96+ Points
A barrel sample, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon J. Davies Estate has a deep purple-black color and compelling nose of warm black currants, crushed blueberries and mulberries with touches of forest floor, cinnamon sick and yeast extract. The palate features loads of spiced black berry layers with a velvety, well-played frame and long peppery finish.- Wine Advocate (October 2018)
94 Points
A seductive style, with waves of creamed plum and boysenberry fruit rolling through, capped by dried anise and black tea notes, ending with a second flourish of fruit on the lush finish. A bit exotic, and will have fans for sure. Best from 2021 through 2034.- Wine Spectator (November 2020)