2013 J. Davies Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon J. Davies is soft, juicy and open-knit, with soft contours, juicy fruit and terrific overall balance. Raspberry jam, spices and wild flowers all flesh out in the glass. The addition of 11% Malbec and 4% Petit Verdot gives the J. Davies an extra kick of mid-palate juiciness and overall intensity. Here, too, the style is ripe and racy to the core, with all the elements in the right place. (AG)
Combines a dense, intense core of loamy earth, black licorice, anise and savory blackberry with a measure of finesse and charm. Never loses focus or stops being chewy, ending with a long, full finish. (JL)
*Two Stars* This very deep and impressively filled wine is still a bit stymied by the contradictions of youth. It is rich and open at one moment and grittily tannic the next, and, while not at all wanting in ripeness and fairly plump on entry, it exhibits plenty of lean muscle with both acidity and evident heat surfacing at the end. It is, in fact, a good many things, but being polished is not one of them, and that finishing piece will take some time to arrive. Check in on it in a few years if you must, but this one could sit undisturbed for many more, and it looks to be on track for a decade of improvement.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon J. Davies exhibits floral and black and red currant notes, background oak and earth, medium to full body, beautiful purity and a harmonious, well-balanced mouthfeel and length. Tannins are well integrated and the wine drinkable now as well as lasting and evolving for another 15 or more years. (RP)