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J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

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.

Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Malbec, 3% Petite Verdot

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RP 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain is a slightly more expensive cuvée. A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Malbec and the rest Petit Verdot, this 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.
WS 93
Wine Spectator
Makes an assertive statement, with rich, loamy earth, dark berry, licorice, mocha and crushed rock flavors, holding focus and gaining depth and nuance. Maintains complexity from start to finish. Best from 2019 through 2030.
W&S 93
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Oak leads in this cabernet, shrouding the fruit in scents of cocoa and some bitter wood spice. Slowly, air transforms that spice into notes of bay leaf and bergamot, while the narrow structure reveals cool-ripened fruit. This is gamey and fresh, a wine to decant for slow-smoked beef ribs.
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
Soft and robustly concentrated, this showcases its mountain fruit in a powerful way, with interwoven layers of cola spice, tobacco and dark black fruit. The oak adds a reductive character to the dense, full-bodied whole.
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J. Davies

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J. Davies, California
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In 1965, Jamie and Jack Davies acquired the historic Schramsberg estate and began producing, as Jack said, "America's most prestigious, select, admired champagne - chosen for special guests, special gifts, pampering one's self and expressing one's taste in unique products."

Among their accomplishments: The first production use of Chardonnay in American champagnes, as well as the first American Blanc de Noirs using Pinot Noir in the classic way. Then a Reserve, with over four years of aging. This was followed by Crémant Demi-Sec using the Flora grape (a hybrid of Semillon and Gewurztraminer), and introductions of late-disgorged cuvées. Jamie and Jack even revived tunnel construction in America for wine aging. Their philosophy for winemaking is to draw on the best of the past, building on the foundation of experience to improve the quality of their wines.

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Diamond Mountain District

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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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Cabernet Sauvignon

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe. Inherently high in tannins and acidity, the best bottlings of Cabernet can age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region and forms the base of the Medoc reds, which are typically mostly Cabernet with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. (Enjoying a great deal of success in various regions around the world, this blend is now globally referred to as a Bordeaux Blend.) Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines.

In the Glass

High in color, tannin and extract, Cabernet Sauvignon expresses notes of blackberry, cassis, plum, currant, spice and tobacco. In Bordeaux and elsewhere in the Old World you'll find the more earthy, tannic side of Cabernet, where it is typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California Washington, Argentina, Chile and Australia, you can typically expect more ripe fruit flavors upfront.

Perfect Pairings

Cabernet Sauvignon is right at home with rich, intense meat dishes—beef, lamb and venison, in particular—where its opulent fruit and decisive tannins make an equal match to the dense protein of the meat. With a mature Cabernet, opt for tender, slow-cooked meat dishes.

Sommelier Secrets

Despite the modern importance and ubiquity of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is actually a relatively young variety. In 1997, DNA profiling revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.

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