Davies Vineyards

Nopales Block
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District

2012 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 16 | Lot No. 142


Davies Vineyards

Nopales Block

Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District

5 cases produced

Named in honor of family patriarch Jack Davies, J. Davies is the product of an intimate knowledge of a place and a passion to create delicious red wine. Nestled between Nash Creek and Ritchie Creek on the southern slopes of Diamond Mountain, this is the site of Napa Valley's first hillside vineyards, planted in 1862. We began replanting the vineyard to Bordeaux varietals in 1994. Our Premeire Napa Valley offering is a barrel selection of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The selected vines grow in the Nopales Block of our upper vineyards, which top out at 1,000 feet above sea level. With integrated tannins supporting a luxurious finish, the flavors of the wine are exemplary of the vineyard's late-ripening, richly concentrated, exquisite fruit.

Aging Process

28 months 100% new french oak, Taransaud
11 months bottle aged

Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Sean Thompson

Winemaker, Davies Vineyards

Winemaker, Sean Thompson

I started my career in winemaking with Beringer at the old Italian Swiss Colony in Asti. The hook was set with the discovery of the diversity of flavors and aromas produced by the simple grape and its fermentation. I continued my enological exploration with the fermentation of red wines after moving to Napa Valley for a position at the Merlot house of Rutherford Hill Winery.

I returned to the University of California, Davis in the fall of 2002, to work with Dr. David Mills in earning a Masters of Science in Viticulture and Enology.

Upon graduation, I began at Staglin Family Estate in Rutherford, CA, working directly with Luc Morlet to mine the terroir of estate-driven Cabernet Sauvignon. This final piece led me to join Schramsberg in the summer of 2006 as the J. Davies Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Assistant Winemaker, and taking over as the winemaker in 2008. In 2017, I became Director Winemaking for Schramsberg and Davies Vineyards.

Country born: United States

Education: B.S. Chemistry, U.C. Davis
Masters of Science in Viticulture and Enology, U.C. Davis

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Keeping your ears open and your mouth shut. Much of my education was shaped by asking questions and listening to the answers. I also believe in fostering an environment to encourage questions from others in and outside the winery. People want to be a part of the experience of producing spectacular wines.

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Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection

Winery Vintage Variety Appellation Fanciful Auction
Corison Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Premiere Reserve 17
Davies Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain District Nopales Block 16
Oakville East Exposure 2009 Red Wine Oakville 15
Harris Estate Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Melange Magique 14
VinRoc Wine Caves 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Koko's Block 14
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