2009 J. Davies Estate Jack & Jamie's Block 150th Anniversary

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In celebration of Schramsberg’s Sesquicentennial (150th Anniversary), this very special selection of J. Davies Estate Cabernet Sauvignon has been bottled. Founded in 1862 by German immigrants Jacob and Annie Schram, the property’s vineyards were originally planted to a range of grape varieties including Riesling, Chasselas, and Zinfandel. Jack and Jamie Davies revived the defunct Schramsberg winery in 1965 and replanted the property’s vineyards with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for sparkling wine. In the 1990’s, Hugh Davies and the next generation of Schramsberg winemakers commenced with a second replanting of this Diamond Mountain hillside with Cabernet Sauvignon and red Bordeaux varieties. The inaugural J. Davies Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was produced in 2001 in honor of Jack who had passed away three years earlier.

With the 2009 Vintage, the first-ever commercial blend of Jack & Jamie’s Block Cabernet Sauvignon was bottled, honoring both Jack and Jamie together. J&J’s block, totaling 7.6 acres, lies to the left of the Olive Tree Lane that runs the length of the property’s Lower Vineyard. It also surrounds “Jack & Jamie’s Grove”, a cluster of large oaks, maples and firs, which has served as an idyllic gathering spot in the heart of the vineyard for generations. Sitting at 675 feet above sea level, the rich volcanic soils provide vines with a hearty basis to grow and mature. The resulting wine delivers rich flavors of dark berry and sweet spice, while carrying smooth, supple balance across the palate.

It is a blessing to be able to celebrate our sesquicentennial with this wine, crafted from fruit grown on the same exact nook of the property that was established as the very first hillside vineyard in Napa Valley.

Tasting notes

Vibrant fruitful aromas of blueberry and black cherry are accentuated by mocha and black tea notes. The textured palate of cherry, raspberry, and a touch of leather reflect the predominant Cabernet Sauvignon blend, highlighting the white and red soils found in Jack and Jaime’s Block. Initial fine grain tannins upon entry lead to density and richness on the palate. Bright, brash, and youthful now, this expressive wine will gain beautiful refinement and polish over the years to come.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies