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Davies Vineyards
Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley — 2018

The Tasting Panel
95 Points

Among the fuller and more forthrightly rich of the current lineup of Pinots from Davies, the 2018 Nobles Vineyard bottling is a well-ripened, fairly substantial working with plenty of fruity flesh on its ample structural bones. Despite being easy to taste at the moment, it deserves a rest of at least two or three years before being poured as a partner to the likes of a well-seasoned rack of lamb, and it has the right pieces in place to age effortlessly for a good half-dozen or more.

Meridith May, July 2021
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Davies Vineyards
Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley — 2018

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
91 Points

There may be more complex wines in this review, and there are certainly more intense wines as well, but not many of the bottlings tasted outpoint this tasty, open and inviting wine for sheer drinkability over the next three to five years. Its aromas are nicely fruited and tilt toward black currant and olives with a rich background of caramelly oak, and those attractions are repeated in the thoroughly enjoyable flavors. It will certainly age well for a half-decade and more, but it will show well now with steaks and chops.

Stephen M. Eliot, August 2021
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Davies Vineyards
Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley — 2018

Wine Spectator
92 Points

Nicely packed with plum, currant and blackberry purée flavors laced with black licorice and framed by a perfectly integrated alder note. Flash of sweet bay in the background, too.

James Molesworth, October 2021
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Davies Vineyards
Pinot Noir, Nobles Vineyard, Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast – 2019

The Tasting Panel
95 Points

The wine speaks of rosebuds and sweet, red cherry on nose and palate. With its down-pillow texture, notes of cinnamon-mocha expresses itself well, intermingling with tomato leaf, red tea, and blue fruit. It’s lightness of being is remarkable.

Meridith May, October 2021
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Davies Vineyards
J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley – 2018

Wine Spectator
93 Points

A deep reserve of steeped plum, warmed cherry puree and blackberry pâte de fruit notes, with seductive aromas of sweet bay leaf and sassafras. Singed juniper and anise lace the finish as the fruit drives through, with a sleek mineral note.

James Molesworth, October 2021
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Davies Vineyards
Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley – 2017

Vinous
91 Points

Sweet red cherry, plum, tobacco, spice and cedar all meld together in a creamy, resonant Cabernet that has so much to offer. The Napa Valley is a real overachiever in this vintage.

Antonio Galloni, January 2020
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Davies Vineyards
Pinot Noir, Nobles Vineyard, Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast – 2018

Wine Enthusiast
91 Points

From an ocean-influenced site, this red is earthy and funky, with tremendous structure and concentration. Black tea, rhubarb and blueberry play along a palate of full-bodied intensity and nuanced richness, leading to a fresh, lengthy finish.

Virginie Boone, May 2021
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Davies Vineyards
Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley – 2017

Wine Enthusiast
94 Points

Savory earth, cedar and pencil shavings accent a juicy midpalate of black cherry, mocha and black current, with supple, silky tannins wrapping around the palate and adding structure.

Virginie Boone, August 2020
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Davies Vineyards
J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley – 2017

The Wine Advocate
93 Points

Deep garnet-purple in color with scents of plum pudding, spice cake and fresh figs with baked black currants, blackberry pie and tilled soil plus a hint of dried sage. The palate is full-bodied, firm and grainy with well played freshness and a mineral edge to the finish.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, October 2019
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Davies Vineyards
J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley – 2017

Wine Spectator
93 Points

This packs in serious juicy plum, blackberry and black currant paste flavors, laced with lively sassafras and sage notes. A singed wood spice accent adds texture and range to the finish. A touch of cellaring will allow this to unwind fully.

James Molesworth, November 2020
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Davies Vineyards
J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley – 2017

Wine Enthusiast
91 Points

A hearty, iron-rich and red-fruited estate wine from the high-elevation mountain, delivers this wine with bold, beautiful layers of complex flavor and texture. Dusty, crushed rock components add to its earthy core. Virginie

Virginie Boone, December 2020
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Davies Vineyards
J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley – 2017

Vinous
94 Points

Graphite, plum, smoke, crushed rocks, menthol and licorice meld together in a Cabernet that deftly balances super-ripe fruit with layers of Diamond Mountain savoriness. I especially like the energy here... It is a beguiling Cabernet to enjoy over the next 10-15 years, maybe more.

Antonio Galloni, January 2020
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Davies Vineyards
J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley – 2017

jamessuckling.com
92 Points

Sweet berry, cherry and raspberry aromas and flavors. It’s medium-bodied with round tannins and a juicy finish. Nice purity throughout.

James Suckling, January 2021
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Davies Vineyards
Pinot Noir, Nobles Vineyard, Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast – 2018

Wine Spectator
92 Points

Elegant and pure-tasting, with red berry, plum and raspberry flavors that are well-structured. Toasty mid-palate, with a rich finish that offers spicy minerality.

Kim Marcus, February 2021
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Davies Vineyards
Pinot Noir, Ferrington Vineyards, Anderson Valley – 2018

Wine Enthusiast
93 Points

This bold and well concentrated wine from an outstanding single vineyard layers ripe plum and rich black cherry on a broad, fine-grained texture. Accents of turned earth,
wood smoke and cinnamon add lift to the mix.

Jim Gordon, February 2021
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Davies Vineyards
J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, Jamie, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley – 2016

Wine Spectator
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. 175 cases made.

James Molesworth, November 2020
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Davies Vineyards
Pinot Noir, Ferrington Vineyards, Anderson Valley – 2017

The Wine Advocate
92 Points

Pale to medium ruby, the 2017 Pinot Noir Ferrington Vineyards was aged 15 months in 25% new oak. The nose features red licorice, cardamom, tree bark and bitters over a core of red and black cherries and raspberries. The medium-bodied palate is bright and spicy with ripe red fruits, a grainy frame and great freshness on the long finish. Lovely! 325 cases produced.

Erin Brooks, August 2020
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Davies Vineyards
Pinot Noir, Nobles Vineyard, Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast – 2017

The Wine Advocate
93 Points

The medium ruby colored 2017 Pinot Noir Nobles Vineyard was aged 15 months in 25% new oak. The nose has lovely scents of cinnamon stick, tree bark and an appealing smoky reduction, with a core of licorice-laced ripe black and red fruits. The medium-bodied palate is intense and layered with a firm, albeit grainy frame and great freshness on the long, nuanced finish. 300 cases were made.

Erin Brooks, August 2020
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Davies Vineyards
J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley – 2014

jamessuckling.com
93 Points

Aromas of currants and mint with hints of spices. Full-bodied, round and silky with lots of fruit and intensity. A little diffuse on the middle palate, but I like the richness. Drink in 2020.

May 5, 2017
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Davies Vineyards
J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, Jamie, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley – 2015

Wine Enthusiast
94 Points

Blended with 7% Malbec from the high-elevation estate and aged for 30 months in French oak, 87% of it new, this is a beautifully crafted, bold and substantial wine, rich and seductive in dark cherry and chocolate liqueur. Soft integrated tannins support well-behaved oak as nuances of forest pine and tobacco weigh in. Enjoy best 2025–2035.

Virginie Boone, January 1, 2020
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