This is a vibrant, concentrated Cabernet from J. Davies, under the consultation of modern genius, Celia Welch. Vibrant and succulent, it opens with red raspberry and plum, accentuated by cocoa powder and cola spice. Supple tannins anchor the palate, where baked strawberry and blackberry follow through on the opulence of the nose, rushing towards a juicy, lengthy finish. Welch manages to imbue a Diamond Mountain Cab with an impressive level of upfront charm and early accessibility.
The Davies family purchased Diamond Mountain Vineyard in 1965, replanting it to Bordeaux varieties in 1994. The 16th vintage of this wine is a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, and 6% Petit Verdot that spent 22 months in 62% new French oak. The opulence on the nose shows off dark chocolate, savory herbs, leather, and blackberry. It’s a voluptuous, lush, and earthy red that offers up cinnamon and cumin with a hint of spearmint. The black fruit is lathered with licorice.