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.
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon The Ranch shows just how compelling this vintage is. Dark and resonant in the glass, but also medium in body, the 2018 is so precise and nuanced. Red cherry, cedar, tobacco and mint add lovely aromatic top notes to this mid-weight yet rich Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2018 finishes with grippy tannins and tons of energy.
Fresh and focused, with a well-built core of red currant, plum and black cherry preserves supported by a loamy spine, with tobacco and singed alder lining the finish. Best from 2022 through 2035.
Fruity nose of brambleberries, blackcurrants, plum leaves, chocolate orange and pine needles. Medium-to full-bodied with sleek tannins and fresh acidity. Juicy and vibrant. Drink after 2022.
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon The Ranch, the entry-level Cabernet in this range, is a terrific choice for drinking now and over the next decade or so. Spice, tobacco, new leather and cedar give this soft, open-knit Cabernet lovely aromatic nuance and character. 2022 – 2030