Davies Vineyards

Rock Garden Block
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District

2013 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 17 | Lot No. 139


Davies Vineyards

Rock Garden Block

Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District

5 cases produced

J. Davies is named for Jack Davies, who along with his wife, Jamie, revived the historic Schramsberg winery property in 1965. Originally planted in 1862 between Nash Creek and Ritchie Creek on the southern slopes of Diamond Mountain, this is the home of Napa Valley's first hillside vineyards. A second generation of the Davies family began replanting the site to red Bordeaux varietals in 1994. This Premiere Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon offering is focused on the beautifully exposed, western-facing Rock Garden Block that sits at an elevation of 600 feet above sea level. With integrated tannins supporting a luxurious finish, the flavors of the wine are exemplary of the property's late-ripening, richly concentrated fruit.

Aging Process

26 Months new French barrel, 10 months in bottle

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.82
  • 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.


3690 J King Street
Alexandria  VA  22302


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