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 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon The Ranch is elegant and nuanced, with the transparency that is typical of many of the 2019s here. This is a decidedly old-school leaning Cabernet that leans towards the more delicate end of the spectrum. 2024 – 2034
Reasonably priced for a Napa Cab, Snowden’s 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon The Ranch boasts aromas of cedar and cherries, plus delicate thyme and sage notes. It’s medium to full-bodied, plush and easy to drink, smooth and supple across the palate and silky on the finish. 2022 – 2030
Ripe and direct, with friendly mulled plum and linzer torte laced with sassafras and cedar. Open-knit through the toasty finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2030.
The 2019 Ranch bottling of cabernet sauvignon from Diana Snowden Seysses includestwenty-two percent merlot and one percent petit verdot in this vintage. It is raised in fifty percent new oak and tips the scales at 14.5 percent octane. Like all three of the Snowden wines that I tasted for this report, the wine shows a lovely sense of elegance from gentle extraction and non-invasive winemaking. The wine offers up a refined aromatic constellation of red and black cherries, cigar wrapper, a lovely base of soil, a touch of Rutherford Dust-like spice tones, incipient eucalyptus and cedary new oak. On the palate the wine is pure, focused and full-bodied, with lovely transparency down to the soil, suave, buried tannins, excellent balance and grip and a long, complex and very classy finish. Fine juice. 2033 – 2085