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Wine Spectator Score: 92
Vinous Score: 93
Jeb Dunnuck Score: 92
J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon is the creation of the second generation of the Davies family, the product of an intimate knowledge of a place and of a passion to create a delicious red wine. 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 over 50 years ago.

The vineyard blocks, totaling 41 acres, are laid out in three isolated pockets ranging from approximately 550 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.

ANTONIO GALLONI 93 POINTS - "The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon J. Davies is voluptuous in the glass, but also nicely structured. Black cherry, plum, new leather, licorice, grilled herbs and menthol infuse this deep, resonant Cabernet. Full-bodied and powerful, the 2016 speaks with real authority."

JEB DUNNUCK 92 POINTS - "What's considered the estate wine, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain is another impressive wine from this estate and winemaker Celia Welch. Ample savory earth, mushroom, and both red and black fruits all emerge from this medium-bodied Cabernet that has moderate tannins, impressive balance, and plenty of upfront charm and accessibility, especially for a Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. Despite already drinking great, I suspect it will keep for 10-15 years or more."

WINE SPECTATOR 92 POINTS - "This sports an intriguing core of loganberry and mulled raspberry flavors, with sassafras, menthol and tea accents weaving throughout. Mulled spice details infuse the seductive finish. Distinctive. Drink now through 2028."
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