Davies Vineyards

California: Napa Valley, United States

J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, Jamie, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley – 2019

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  • Introduction

    • The Davies family, proprietors of Schramsberg and Davies Vineyards in Napa Valley, presents the eighth 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 an inspired vision of crafting world-class American sparkling wines. Five decades later a second generation of the Davies family, led by son Hugh and his wife Monique, have taken on the 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 58 years.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • The vineyard blocks, totaling 46 acres, are laid out in four isolated pockets ranging from 500 to 1000 feet in elevation. They include the two Schram sections, Napa Valley’s first hillside vineyards, originally established in 1862 by Jacob Schram, the McEachran parcel, first planted by Colin McEachran in 1878, and the Claes parcel, dating back to 1984. 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 compact 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
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2019 growing season started off with lots of winter rain and cold temperatures. Mild conditions continued throughout the summer with an occasional heat wave allowing the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly. The 2019 vintage delivered high quality fruit with relatively large yields, balanced acidity and superb flavors.

    • Harvest Date(s): September 27- October 26, 2019
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Aging: 28 months in 75% new French oak
    • Coopers: Atelier Centre France, Damy, Ermitage
    • Bottled: February 3, 2022
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot
    • Alcohol: 15.2%
    • TA: 5.5 g/L
    • p H: 3.82
    • Release Date: September 1, 2023



  • J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, Jamie, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley — 2019 – Wine Advocate – 94 Points

    "J. Davies Jamie uses a classic framework of cedar and vanilla to outline notes of cassis, black cherries and mountain sage. It's full-bodied, ripe and rich, with a touch of warmth on the long, supple finish and echoes of brandied cherries."

  • J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, Jamie, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley – 2019 – Vinous – 94-96 Points

    “The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Jamie is a selection of the best barrels in the cellar. It offers up copious blackberry jam, chocolate, spice, licorice and sweet spices. There is plenty of textural richness, but also a fair amount of new oak, something I don't think this wine really needs, as the underlying material is in no way lacking substance.”

  • J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, Jamie, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley – 2019 – Wine Spectator – 91 Points

    “Ripe and polished, with a bold wave of creamed plum, boysenberry and açaí berry fruit rolling through, backed by mocha and Black Forest cake notes on the broad finish. This should have fans for its hedonism.”