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Davies Vineyards

J. Davies Estate - Jamie & Jaime Blocks

2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District
Release Date November 2020
  • The Jack & Jaime blocks are on opposite sides of J. Davies estate’s historic olive tree lane in Diamond Mountain District

  • Originally planted in the 1860s by the Jacob Schram family, this is the site of Napa Valley’s first hillside vineyards

  • These blocks represent diverse red and white volcanic soils and are planted to three Cabernet clones (4, 169 and 341)


Sean Thompson

Sean Thompson, Winemaker

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.
Country Born
United States
Winery Experience
20-30 years
Education
B.S. Chemistry, U.C. Davis
Masters of Science in Viticulture and Enology, U.C. Davis

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.

Hugh Davies

Hugh Davies, Winemaker

My goal is to produce a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon reflective of the unique hillside vineyards located on the Schramsberg property, found at the southern end of the Diamond Mountain District. With the expertise of the winemaking team, I aim to showcase the vibrant, concentrated depth of fruit depth that the low-yielding site provides, while at same time being careful to maintain a supple, polished tannic profile on the palate.
Country Born
United States
Winery Experience
20-30 years
Education
Master’s degree in Enology from U.C. Davis
Undergraduate Degree from Bowdoin College, Maine

Named CEO and President of Schramsberg Vineyards in 2005, I had already spent multiple years as the winemaker and general manager of the winery. I had lived and breathed the winery life since I first walked the vineyards as a toddler, and I started to work full-time at the winery starting in 1996. As a young man, I ventured away from home to broaden my experiences; earning a master’s degree in enology from the University of California, Davis, an undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College in Maine, and honing my skills at Möet et Chandon in Epernay, Petaluma Winery in South Australia, and Mumm Napa Valley. This diverse background has provided me with the knowledge and skills to take the reins of Schramsberg and guide it into the future.

Celia Welch

Celia Welch, Winemaker

Celia had reached a fork in her career path in the early nineties, and she chose to focus on independent wine consulting.
Country Born
United States
Winery Experience
30+ years
Education
1982 with a degree in Enology earned at UC Davis

After more than twenty-five years of making wines for other Napa Valley vintners, Celia Welch is excited to share with you the wine she has made for her own brand, Corra.

Celia Welch's first interaction with grapes was under the huge oak tree in her backyard in Southern Oregon, where her siblings and she plucked grape berries from stems for their father, an avid wine collector and home winemaker. Her parents also included the family on trips through Napa and Sonoma in the early sixties, and, like most visitors, she was entranced with the beauty of the rolling vineyards.

In 1982 with a degree in Enology earned at UC Davis in her back pocket, she set out to take a peek at a few wine regions. Her travels took her to the Pacific Northwest, the East Coast, and to New Zealand. She worked harvest in the Barossa Valley of Australia, and then settled in the Napa Valley to refine her craft.

Celia had reached a fork in her career path in the early nineties, and she chose to focus on independent wine consulting. The wines she has made create a microcosm of Napa Valley. She has made wine from vineyards on Mt. Veeder, Atlas Peak, and Howell Mountain to those in Carneros, and from benchland vineyards from St. Helena to Napa.

In 2004 came the idea and the challenge of founding Corra. It was not easy to find vineyard sources with top-quality fruit, a winery with a bit of space to spare for barrels, and a strong team of individuals with experience in different aspects of the wine business from grapevines to websites. The results of these efforts have been tremendous; well-received wines and a project that has lead to information- and idea-sharing for everyone involved.