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J. Davies Estate Cab Vertical 2014, 2015 and 2016 (3 x 750 mL)
View 2014 J. Davies Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Technical Sheet
View 2015 J. Davies Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Technical Sheet
View 2016 J. Davies Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Technical Sheet
The Davies family, proprietors of Schramsberg and Davies Vineyards in Napa Valley, presents three vintages in this set of Cabernet Sauvignon crafted from the historic Diamond Mountain vineyards they purchased in 1965. The estate vineyards were replanted to Bordeaux varietals beginning in 1994, and the J. Davies Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was first released in 2004 (2001 vintage).
J. Davies Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is the creation of two generations of the Davies family, the product of an intimate knowledge of a place and of a passion to create delicious red wine. The wine is named in honor of patriarch Jack L. Davies, who along with his wife, Jamie, revived the Schramsberg property and established the preeminent American sparkling wine house over 50 years ago.
The vineyard blocks, totaling 41 acres, are laid out in three isolated pockets ranging from approximately 550 to 1,000 feet in elevation. They include the two Schram sections, Napa Valleys first hillside vineyards, originally established in 1862 by Jacob Schram. The third piece is the adjacent McEachran parcel, which was first planted by Colin McEachran in 1878 and was purchased by Schramsberg in 1985. 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 dense coniferous and deciduous forests, the vines here produce late-ripening, richly concentrated fruit with average yields of just two tons per acre.
The 2014 J. Davies Estate Cabernet Sauvignon leads with rich aromas of dark red cherry, black plum, tobacco leaf, and white pepper. The palate is densely layered with fruitful flavors of cassis and blueberry, and supported by delicious undertones of cinnamon, clove, and coriander. The polished fine-grain tannins carry the flavors to a long finish.- Winemakers Sean Thompson, Celia Welch and Hugh Davies
The 2015 J. Davies Estate Cabernet Sauvignon opens with rich aromas of blackberry, cherry and dried floral elements, accentuated by undertones of vanilla, clove and milk chocolate. Integrated tannins anchor the wines well-structured palate, where a concentrated and powerful entry of plum, black currant and raspberry leads to a smooth finish with a touch of cocoa powder and graphite.
The 2016 J. Davies Estate Cabernet Sauvignon opens with rich aromas of red raspberry and red plum, accentuated by undertones of cocoa powder and cola spice. Supple tannins anchor the wines well-structured palate, where a concentrated entry of baked strawberry and blackberry leads to a juicy acidity and lengthy finish.
The 2014 J. Davies Estate Cabernet... is another gorgeously elegant, beautiful wine with terrific purity, plenty of blue, red and black fruits, some floral notes, medium to full body, supple tannins and a layered mouthfeel that builds incrementally to a long, long finish. This superb wine represents a perfect style between the elegance of Bordeaux and the ripeness and exuberance of a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink it over the next 20 years.- The Wine Advocate (December 2016)
The 2015 J. Davies Estate Cabernet from... Diamond Mountain has a deep garnet-purple color and offers up classic black currant, black plum and mulberry scents with hints of cigar box, yeast extract and bay leaves. Medium to full-bodied with a great core of black berry and earthy layers, the fruit is supported by grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing with a pleasant herbal lift.- Wine Spectator (November 2018)
The 2016 J. Davies Estate Cabernet from... Diamond Mountain is one of California's sweet spots for cabernet sauvignon. Situated near the northern tip of the Napa Valley, the warm summer days typically produce full ripeness. The mountain terroir then imparts remarkable structure. The J. Davies 2016 vintage is a prime example, not to mention a wine for the ages. Showing impressive depth and complex aromas of cassis and blackberry, the wine is bold and rich without losing the tension so essential to longevity. Though drinking well now, I would give serious consideration to laying down this vintage for another eight to 10 years for optimum enjoyment.- Robert Whitley, Wine Talk (December 2019)