Snowden

Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve – 2010

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.

Reviews

92 Points

Pure and well-focused on dark berry, with plum, currant and black cherry at the core. Cedar, crushed rock and loamy earth notes emerge on the finish, where the tannins give the flavors traction. Drink now through 2024.

Wine Spectator, August, 2013
94+ Points

Crushed rocks, graphite, spices, dark cherries, flowers and melted road tar all come to life in the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. The 2010 stands apart for its freshness, nuance and pure vibrancy, all of which serve to balance the wine’s sumptuous, engaging personality. A harmonious, perfumed finish rounds things out in style. I can’t wait to see how the 2010 ages. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. This is another strong set of wines from Diana Snowden Seysses and her family. The wines continue to improve as Snowden Seysses gains experience and the confidence to follow her convictions, which she is increasingly doing. My intuition is that the best is still yet to come. In addition to these wines I also tasted the 2011 component wines, all of which are quite promising.

© Wine Advocate, December, 2012
93 Points

It is interesting to compare it to the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, which ratchets up the level of concentration, power and intensity. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by aromas of black currants, loamy soil, forest floor, licorice and baking spices. Rich, opulent, medium to full-bodied and more concentrated and layered than its younger sibling, it should drink well for 10-15+ years.

© Wine Advocate, October, 2013
92 Points

Bright medium ruby. Crushed berries, minerals, violet, bitter chocolate and cinnamon on the nose. At once broad and vibrant, with a distinctly cool quality to the intense flavors of black cherry, violet and minerals. This serious, structured, very long wine finishes with an impression of youthful austerity, the firm tannins coating the front teeth. Superb potential here for a very long-lived cabernet.

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Review, May, 2012
93 Points

Full black ruby. Vibrant aromas of black fruits, plum, minerals, mocha and brown spices. Fleshy, broad and suave, showing a fine-grained texture and excellent inner-mouth lift to the dark berry and licorice flavors. The slowly building finish features ripe tannins and excellent subtle length;very dry in a classic way. Again, I was not aware of the high alcohol.

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Review, June, 2013
94+ Points

Crushed rocks, graphite, spices, dark cherries, flowers and melted road tar all come to life in the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. The 2010 stands apart for its freshness, nuance and pure vibrancy, all of which serve to balance the wine’s sumptuous, engaging personality. A harmonious, perfumed finish rounds things out in style. I can’t wait to see how the 2010 ages. 94+ 2015 – 2025

Antonio Galloni - vinousmedia.com, October, 2013