J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley – 2013
The Davies family, proprietors of Schramsberg Vineyards in Napa Valley, presents its 13th vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is produced from the historic Diamond Mountain vineyards purchased in 1965 and replanted to Bordeaux varietals beginning in 1994. 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 more than four decades ago. A creation of the next generation of the Davies family, the J. Davies Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is the product of an intimate knowledge of a place and a passion to create a delicious red wine.
The vineyard blocks, totaling 43 acres, are laid out in three isolated pockets ranging from approximately 500 to 1,000 feet in elevation. They include the two Schram sections, Napa Valley’s 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.
- Appellation: Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley (estate-grown)
- Harvest Date(s): September 9-October 17
- Barrel Aging: 24 months in French oak (74% new)
- Coopers: Boutes ,Taransaud,Vicard, Marques, St. Martin
- Bottled: August 27, 2016
- Varietal Composition: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Malbec, 4 % Petit Verdot
- Production (in cases): 2,425
- Production Case Pack: 9L
- Available Formats: 750ml, 1.5L, 3L
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- TA: 0.56g/100ml
- p H: 3.83
- Release Date: September 1, 2016
J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley – 2013 – 93 points – Vinous
“The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon J. Davies is soft, juicy and open-knit, with soft contours, juicy fruit and terrific overall balance. Raspberry jam, spices and wild flowers all flesh out in the glass..."
J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley – 2013 – 93 points – Wine Spectator
"Combines a dense, intense core of loamy earth, black licorice, anise and savory blackberry with a measure of finesse and charm. Never loses focus or stops being chewy, ending with a long, full finish."
J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley – 2013 – 91 points – jamessuckling.com
"A structured Napa cab with plenty of blackberries and asphalt as well as sage on the nose. On the palate, the wine exhibits a slight jamminess ... it is fresh, and this balances the fruit of this wine."
J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley – 2013 – 91 points – The Wine Advocate
"The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon J. Davies exhibits floral and black and red currant notes, background oak and earth, medium to full body, beautiful purity and a harmonious, well-balanced mouthfeel and length. Tannins are well integrated..."