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.
#52 of TOP 100 WINES OF 2021
This is ripe, warm in feel and very polished, with alluring cassis, plum reduction and melted black licorice notes pouring through, while sleek alder, loam and bay leaf accents form the backdrop for a long, steady finish. Gorgeous. Best from 2022 through 2038.
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Brothers Vineyard brings together all the best elements of the Snowden style. Large swaths of tannin wrap around a potent, deep Cabernet Sauvignon endowed with real resonance and structure. Vertical in feel with soaring intensity, the 2018 is shaping up to be a real beauty and also one of the most complete wines from Diana Snowden in some time.
This has ripe dark-fruit character, together with coffee, chocolate and cedar wood. Full-bodied, chewy and viscous with juicy fruit and crushed-stone minerality. Needs some time to soften the tannin structure. Solid and framed. Try from 2023.
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Brothers Vineyard is a big step up in this range. There is an energy and vibrancy in the flavors that really distinguishes the Brothers. Bright acids and veins of supporting tannin lend striking vibrancy. I wouldn’t plan on touching a bottle anytime soon. There is so much to look forward to here. 2025 – 2038