Cabernet Franc Melchior Kemper Vineyard – 2019



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.


91 Points

Snowden’s 2019 Cabernet Franc Melchior Kemper Vineyard is vaguely floral on the nose, then adds hints of star anise and black cherries. It’s more herbal on the palate, with notes of tobacco, mint and dusty earth. This complex, medium to full-bodied red seems almost airy in feel, with silky tannins on the finish. 2022 – 2035

© Wine Advocate, May, 2022
90 Points

Aromas of earth, baked cherry, dried herbs and dried orange peel. Medium-bodied with soft tannins. Straightforward, juicy and tasty. Drink now., June, 2022
93 Points

The 2019 Cabernet Franc from the Melchior Kemper Vineyard is made like all of the
Snowden Vineyards’ wines, with indigenous yeast fermentation, no acid or water additions and
aging in French oak casks prior to bottling without filtration. The wine comes in at 14.5 percent
octane this year and offers up a bouquet of cassis, dark berries, cigar ash, a nice base of soil tones,
a touch of tobacco leaf and a judicious framing of cedary oak. On the palate the wine is bright,
full-bodied, focused and gently extracted, with a lovely core of fruit, good soil undertow, ripe,
fine-grained tannins and a long, complex and very nicely balanced finish that closes with just a
hint of heat. This is a lovely wine in the making. 2030 – 2075+

View From The Cellar, December, 2022