Since 1955, the Snowdens have farmed their vineyard high above the Napa Valley. In addition to the stunning views of St. Helena, Rutherford and the San Francisco Bay, the estate offers four separate sites producing remarkably complex and individualistic wines. Winemaking duties are in the capable hands of Diana Snowden Seysses. The winery produces Bordeaux blends from their estate vineyards and a small amount of Sauvignon Blanc from a small parcel they call the Lost Vineyard.
It takes courage to bottle 100% Petit Verdot, but certainly Snowden has done it with their 2014 Petit Verdot. It is a small cuvée, and is pretty tannic, but there are also wonderful floral notes, blueberry, blackberry and forest floor. My experience with Petit Verdot-dominated wine suggests aging can be an issue when they become increasingly rustic and coarse. But this wine does have good fruit and may turn out to be more interesting than others I have tasted. Certainly it is capable of lasting another 10-15+ years at the minimum.
The 2014 Petit Verdot Philander Davis is deep and unctuous, but also surprisingly medium in body. A host of blackberry jam, spice, crushed rock, lavender, rose petal and spice notes infuse this striking, varietally expressive wine. Most importantly, the 2014 is absolutely delicious.