Snowden

Sauvignon Blanc Sunninghill – 2020

Region: CALIFORNIA - NAPA VALLEY

Snowden

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 Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Single acre of “free-thinking and exuberant” Sauvignon Blanc in middle of Eastern-most Lost Orchard vineyard
  • Vineyard on bluff bordering Lake Hennessey
  • Altitude: 800 feet
  • Vines Planted: 2000
  • Soils: Rhyolite (volcanic sands)
  • Clone 1 on alternating rows of 101-14 and 1616C rootstock
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested on August 21, 2020
  • Whole cluster pressed
  • Barrel fermented with only native, wild yeasts
  • No malolactic fermentation
  • Aged sur lies for 7 months in old French oak and stainless steel barrels
  • Bottled April 12, 2021
Winemaker's Notes

A classic Sauvignon Blanc made exactly the way our family prefers — dry, with pure, bright fruit, subtle floral aromatics, and a hint of wet stone minerality. On the palate, it is crisp with a light phenolic backbone added to the minerality.

Wine Summary

100% Sauvignon Blanc; alcohol: 12.9%; 1 acre block in Lost Orchard vineyard at 800 feet; grown on rhyolite soils (volcanic sands); hand harvested and whole cluster pressed; fermented with only wild native yeasts; aged sur lies in stainless steel and used French oak barrels for 7 months; bottled April 12, 2021.

Technical Information
  • 100% Sauvignon Blanc
  • Alcohol: 12.9%

Reviews

90 Points

Sliced apple, lemon pith, white grapefruit and flint on the nose. Medium-bodied with crisp acidity and a zesty, mineral palate. Clean finish. Drink now. Screw cap

jamessuckling.com, November, 2021

91 Points

The 2020 Sauvignon Blanc Sunninghill is bright, focused and tense, with an intriguing mix of varietal character and textural resonance. Far from an easygoing white, the Snowden Sauvignon Blanc packs a good deal of punch. 2021 – 2025

Vinous - Antonio Galloni, January, 2022

General Info

Country USA
Region Napa Valley
Appellation(s) Napa Valley
Proprietors Scott and Joann Snowden and Randy and Janet Snowden, managing directors of Snowden Vineyards
Founded 1955
Winemaker Diana Snowden-Seysses
Annual Production 2,900 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable (including no chemical herbicides used in vineyards)