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.
Bold cherry notes join hints of cedar, vanilla and sage on the nose of the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Brothers Vineyard. Like the other offerings from Snowden, it’s medium to full-bodied and silky, with fine-grained tannins and a softly dusty finish. This is a very pretty wine, and while it may not have the concentration for true long-term greatness, it should offer delicious drinking for more than a decade. 2022 – 2035
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Brothers Vineyard is the most delicate and transparent of the 2019s here. Crushed flowers, spice, mint and bright red-toned fruit accents lend subtlety and translucent finesse to this nicely balanced Cabernet Sauvignon. 2024 – 2036
Lots of ripe berries and cherries with floral and walnut undertones. Full and juicy, yet fresh and linear, with lots going on. Needs time to open. Try after 2025.
This shows a mix of sanguine, mulled currant and plum fruit, red tea and tobacco leaf notes, all carried by a silky but persistent structure. The tobacco leaf note lingers the longest on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2032. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.
The 2019 Brothers Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from the Snowden estate augments its namesake grape with eighteen percent cabernet franc and two percent petit verdot in this vintage. The wine is handled exactly the same as these other lovely Snowden wines, with native yeast fermentation, no ferment additives, gentle extraction, seventeen months aging in fifty percent new oak and bottling without filtration. The wine offers up a refined bouquet of cassis, dark berries, cigar smoke, lavender, fresh thyme, dark soil tones and a judicious framing of spicy new oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and nicely soil-driven in personality, with a fine core of black fruit, suave, buried tannins, lovely focus and balance and a long, complex and very refined finish. This is an absolutely beautiful young wine! 2033 – 2085