Reviews : J. Davies ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON

2010

94 points / 2010 J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon - Wine Advocate
"The J. Davies 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon brings together a juicy, generous expression of fruit allied to the underlying structure of the vintage. A beautifully balanced, totally harmonious wine, the 2010 stands out for its impeccable balance. All the elements are simply in the right place. Wild flowers, mint and sweet herbs ring out on the vibrant, beautifully delineated finish." (December 2012)

94 points / 2010 J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon - Purely Domestic Wine Report
"A nose of polished red fruit, cherry, pomegranate with lush dark fruit and chocolate as an undercurrent. The medium weight palate offers finely tuned black fruits and mocha with beautifully balanced tannins." (December 2013)

91 points / 2010 J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon - Wine Spectator
"Delivers a beam of firm, rich blackberry, featuring floral scents and notes of mineral and graphite. The lively finish shows a measure of finesse and polish, with gripping tannins." (December 2012)

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED / 2010 J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon - Decanter
"Fragrant, vibrant nose with bright cherry and mint. Medium-bodied, juicy palate with a lovely mineral edge and velvety tannins. Has restraint and freshness with great concentration. Very elegant." (February 2014)

90 points / 2010 J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon - Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
"Concentrated, quite keenly defined with a bent to cassis, dark cherries and nicely fit adjuncts of oak and dried herbs, Davies is a slightly fleshy, very well structured Cabernet that impresses more for its fine sense of proportion than for out and out heft. Its early impressions of polish lessen a bit as a touch of back-end toughness arrives, but its minor sins are entirely those of youth. It is no tannic beast that demands a decade of age, and it should begin to round into fine shape in three or four years." (December 2013)

2009

92+ points / 2009 J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon - Wine Advocate
"The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon J. Davies emerges from the glass with freshly cut flowers, mint, plums and graphite. It is a sensual, delicate wine with plenty of depth, but in a less obvious style than so many other wines. It shows gorgeous finesse all the way through to the finish. This is an impressive showing." (December 2011)

92 points / 2009 J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon - Wine Enthusiast
"Give this dramatic young wine a little time in the decanter or the glass to get into stride. Right out of the bottle, it’s tough as nails, but a bit of breathing softens it, bringing out a vast core of sweet black currants. Lots of new oak adds to the sweetness in the form of buttered toast. Should age well, if you’re in the mood to cellar it through 2017 or so." (December 31, 2012)

92 points / 2009 J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon - Tasting Panel
"Silky and focused with tangy plum, raspberry and cherry; supple, elegant and bright with lovely structure and notes of sweet oak; long and charming with aging potential." (November 2012)

92 points / 2009 J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon - Decanter
"Tightly wound deep, lush fruit with touches of bacon and chocolate. Good attack; supple, concentrated, with ripe tannins, fresh acidity and spice on the finish with a hint of Turkish Delight. Shows finesse, great balance and complexity. Drink 2013-2025." (February 2013)

92 points / 2009 J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon - Ken's Wine Guide
"This dark ruby colored Cabernet from Diamond Mountain opens with a fragrant pomegranate and plum bouquet with hints of blackberry and oak. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and very easy to drink. The flavor profile is a complex blend of black currant and nicely integrated smoky oak. We also detected hints of black cherry and cola. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins drift away nicely. The panel suggested pairing this tasty Cab with prime rib or a roasted leg of lamb." (January 21, 2013)

91 points / 2009 J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon - Wine Spectator
"This wine continues to improve. Supple, graceful and delicate, exhibiting a core of loamy earth, currant, herb and floral scents that retain their elegance on the finish." (November 15, 2012)

90 points / 2009 J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon - Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
"On the one hand very tannic and on the other a wine of considerable ripeness and very good Cabernet focus, this fleshy, fully extracted effort is one that demands a lengthy wait. It has the fruity depth and substance to comfortably age for a decade or more, and its wash of last-minute astringency suggests that it may well take that long before wholly rounding into shape." (December 2012)

2009 J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon - San Francisco Chronicle
"Schramsberg’s Hugh Davies has been working for years toward a red wine that matches the quality of his sparkling, and in 2009 his Calistoga property, which encompasses some of Napa’s earlier hillside vineyard sites, was fully dialed in. It needs cellar time to shine, but here’s the full power of his site on display - a tightly-wound and savory mouthful: sagebrush, tobacco, mint and black coffee, with dark fruit brooding and a spectacular expression of that loamy Diamond Mountain character." (May 19, 2012)

2009 J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon - Santé
"Robust aromas of jammy black and red summer berries, dark chocolate, and allspice, with notes of tobacco, licorice, cedar, and toast. Complex palate of sweetblack cherry, dried currant, mocha espresso, toasty vanilla, and spicy oak. A touch of black tea and clove on the long, smooth finish. Truly wonderful" (16.4/2012)

2008

93 points / 2008 J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon - 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." (Dec. 2010)

92 points / 2008 J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon - Wine Spectator Insider
"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. Best from 2012 through 2022." (Sept. 2011)

4-Stars, Highly Recommended / 2008 J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon - 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.”
(Feb. 2012)

90 points / 2008 J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon - 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...." (Dec. 2011)

90 points / 2008 J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon - Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
"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." (Dec. 2011)

2007

94 points / 2007 J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon - The Tasting Panel
"Dark, dense, rich and plummy with spice; velvety, lush, ripe and spiced with black plum and cassis, cherry; lush, long, balanced." (Dec. 2010)

94 points / 2007 J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon - Wine Advocate
"Layered and evolving, the concentrated boysenberry and blackberry fruit aromas combine with nuances of cocoa, cinnamon and sandalwood. The palate is bold, complex and rich; with wild berry compote and black cherry dancing with touches of vanilla cream and clove. Silky tannins give structure and balance, affording a long and luxurious finish." (Dec. 2009)

91 points / 2007 J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon - Wine Enthusiast
"Very lush and rip in blackberry, cherry, currant and cassis flavors, with an oaky overlay, and there's a minerality toward the end that smacks of the soil. With an acidic jamminess and fierce tannins, the wine feels austere and remote. Give it 6 or 7 years in the cellar to come around. Cellar Selection" (Dec. 2010)

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