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.
Brothers Scott and Randy Snowden assumed responsibility for the family property after their father Wayne’s death in 1977. Today, Scott’s daughter Diana Snowden Seysses makes the wines and is also oenologist at Burgundy’s Domaine Dujac (she is married to Jeremy Seysses). The Cabernet Franc is impeccable: an elegant swirl of red plums, raspberry briars, woodland, camphor and spices. Both subtle and complex, it’s a vivid wine that Snowden Seysses says ‘waits quietly for you to notice it.’ 2022 – 2037
The 2018 Cabernet Franc is an absolutely gorgeous wine in this range. This is a beautifully layered, vertical wine with tons of nuance and complexity. Although the 2018 is naturally very young, it has tons of potential. Hints of rose petal, mint and bright red cherry add brightness as the wine opens up in the glass. This is a very intriguing Franc.
This sports some bright savory details amid its core of cassis and damson plum fruit, with a sparkle of tobacco leaf on the focused, loam-tinged finish. Best from 2022 through 2033.
The 2018 Cabernet Franc Melchior Kemper Vineyard speaks in quiet, hushed tones. Dried flowers, mocha, spice, mint and rose petal are all nicely lifted. There is good aromatic presence and plenty of varietal character, but like the Merlot, it is a bit on the light side. 2023 – 2033