10 Vintages


The J. Davies 2010 marks a decade of this fine wine. 

By Jan Walsh    

Photography by Beau Gustafson

 

It seems like yesterday when the Davies family, proprietors of Schramsberg Vineyards in Napa Valley, began making their first non sparkling wine—J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon. Time flies when drinking great wines because that was a decade ago.

I have known Hugh Davies and his family for eight of these 10 years, and I knew his wines before meeting him. In this time Davies has stayed as a houseguest in my home on his trips to Birmingham. And lunches with him and his family, in the vineyard or at Hughes home, are always a highlight of each and every trip to Napa Valley. Exploring the wine cave is always part of the afternoon with Hugh. The cave is one of Napa Valley’s oldest. It was there that Chinese laborers dug into the hillside’s volcanic rock to build caves for aging and storing wine in the 1800s. In the 1980s more tunnels were added, to expand the caves to 34,000 square feet. Approximately 2.7 million bottles age here for up to ten years before release.

The J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon is named for patriarch Jack L. Davies. Jack and his wife, Jamie, who together reestablished the Schramsberg property, while establishing its sparkling wine house in 1965, the year Hugh was born. The Diamond Mountain Vineyard that produces the grapes for this wine was replanted in Bordeaux varietals in 1994. J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 ($90) is 91 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 9 percent Malbec. Dark in color, the wine displays notes of black cherry, plum, cocoa, vanilla, tobacco, boysenberry and fine tannins. The legacy continues with J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon 2010—an elegant and complex vintage.

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