About the Wine
The 2017 J. Davies is a composition of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot. This is the fifth most highly rated Diamond Mountain District wine based on critic scores.
Davies Vineyards would not be here today if it weren’t for the efforts of those who pioneered the Schramsberg Estate. Schramsberg is the oldest sparkling wine house in Napa Valley, first founded in 1862 by Jacob Schram. Today, Schramsberg is owned by the Davies family, who have continued the tradition of making hand-crafted, age-worthy sparkling wines from California while also producing some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon in the Napa wine region.
The 2017 J. Davies Estate Jamie opens with captivating aromas of boysenberry, vanilla and dark chocolate, with hints of black raspberry purée and coffee. The palate welcomes lush red and black fruits including blackberry and cherry, mingled with layers of star anise, baking spice, tobacco and wild thyme. The body is supported by finely grained tannins and a well-structured finish.
This is a versatile food wine. It pairs well with any red meat on the grill, pork tenderloin, heavy cheeses and grilled vegetables.
The Wine Down
The quality of this wine is outstanding. This Cabernet is ready to drink now, but is definitely suitable for aging.
If you’re ever in Napa Valley make sure to visit Schramsberg Winery. I suggest you pick the Cave Tour. The tasting includes a combination of their limited sparkling and still wines accompanied by artisan cheeses. You also get some bonus red wines in this tasting, which is how I discovered this gem.