J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label

J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

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750ML / 14.6% ABV
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750ML / 14.6% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Dark perfumed aromas of blueberry and brambleberry are accentuated with mocha, vanilla cream, and tobacco. The palate is bold, complex and fruitful. Wild berry compote and black cherry flavors mingle with notes of black tea and dark chocolate. All aspects are seamlessly brought together with fine grain tannins that sustain a long and luxurious finish.

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D 94
Decanter
Lifted floral , black cherry, Victoria plum, leaf and red berry bouquet. Intense floral/cherry fruit flavours on the palate and sweet tannins. It is bursting with fruit but finesse also. Has complexity and vigour with a full character.

Range: 90-94 Points

RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon is a beauty of elegance and power, revealing a dense ruby/purple color as well as lovely black currant fruit intermixed with black cherries, loamy soil and spring flowers. Medium to full-bodied and elegant as well as authoritatively flavored and rich, this blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Malbec and 4% Petit Verdot has tamed the mountain rusticity and offers rich fruit and floral flavors that have more in common with the Stags Leap appellation
WS 92
Wine Spectator
Dark, intense and structured, at points supple and graceful, with ripe currant, wild berry, plum and savory herb notes that are well-focused, persistent and compelling, only drying on the long finish.
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
Enormously rich in blackberries, cherries, chocolate and roasted almonds, with lots of smoky, sweet caramelized new oak. Almost like granola candy now. The tannins are firm, as befits a Diamond Mountain wine, but refined and velvety.
CG 90
Connoisseurs' Guide
Nicely focused, fairly deep, curranty fruit serves as the confident centerpiece of this well-crafted wine, and, if still a bit backward and nascent, it teases with complexing elements of briar and spice and neatly placed oak. While not overly tough, the wine is far from being ready any time soon, and its sense of solidity and seriousness tags it as one for the cellar.
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J. Davies, California
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In 1965, Jack and Jamie Davies began reviving the historic Schramsberg winery property in Napa Valley. They challenged conventional ideas and relied on innovation to craft the first world-class, American, méthode traditionelle sparkling wines produced from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. In the 1990s, a second generation of the Davies family undertook replanting the estate on Diamond Mountain to red Bordeaux varieties, and J. Davies Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was launched with the 2001 vintage. In 2014, the family released the compelling and balanced 2012 Davies Vineyards single-vineyard Pinot Noirs, a logical evolution based on over 40 years’ experience with cool-climate Pinot Noir sites and grapes in the North Coast.

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Diamond Mountain is the northernmost mountain appellation in the Mayacamas Range, on the northwest side of the valley floor, above the town of Calistoga. Defined mainly by elevation, vineyards are planted at 400 to 2,200 feet.

Diamond Mountain vineyards receive plenty of sunshine at these elevations and are typically above the coastal fog line. But given its western proximity, the area still easily cools down from early morning and late afternoon Pacific Ocean breezes. The AVA (American Viticultural Area) covers 5,000 acres but just over 500 acres are under vine.

Diamond Mountain soils, mainly weathered, red sedimentary rock and decomposed, volcanic ash, are infertile, quick-draining and produce small, thick-skinned grapes, bursting with chewy tannins.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Zinfandel have great success here.

Like other sub-appellations in Napa Valley, the Diamond Mountain area had no shortage of pioneer winemakers. Rudy von Strasser led the effort for Diamond Mountain to acquire AVA status in 1999.

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbecand Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.

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