J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain 2018 - 750ml

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96pts Tasting Panel

This is the 18th vintage of the Davies family’s Diamond Mountain Cab; its bounty of concentrated plum and dark chocolate reflects the vintage’s long growing season. With some Malbec and Petit Verdot blended in, it’s creamy and deeply arresting; as it glides across the palate, we find graphite washed in licorice along with black pepper and espresso on the finish. Aged 22 months in 65% new French oak, it was released last October.

93pts Wine Spectator

A deep reserve of steeped plum, warmed cherry puree and blackberry pâte de fruit notes, with seductive aromas of sweet bay leaf and sassafras. Singed juniper and anise lace the finish as the fruit drives through, with a sleek mineral note.

92pts Wine Enthusiast

Rich, rounded and jammy in red plum, this is an intensely dense and powerful red wine, blended with small amounts of Malbec and Petit Verdot. Mocha, toasted oak and hints of vanilla add richness and length; the tannins are well integrated and supple. VIRGINIE BOONE

Winemaker Notes

The 2018 J. Davies Estate Cabernet Sauvignon opens with dense black plum, vibrant blackberry, rich cocoa and notes of black pepper, complimented by undertones of tobacco leaf and mountain sage. Flavors of marionberry, black plum, baking spice and mocha lead to a lush and coating finish. Youthful, but integrated, tannins anchor the wine’s rich mouth-filling weight.