Snowden

Cabernet Sauvignon Brothers Vineyard – 2017

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.

Grapes / Soils

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area ha or acres
Cabernet Sauvignon Brothers Vineyard 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Replanted 2011 Rhyolite (volcanic) sand 11 acres

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Organically farmed 2 acre block on Eastern slope of Palomino Hill, Eastern slope of Napa Valley between Rutherford and St. Helena
  • Altitude: 850 feet
  • Soils: Rhyolite (volcanic sand)
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested on 9/26/2017
  • Fermented with natural native yeasts only
  • Aged 17 months in French oak barrels, 50% new, 50% used
  • Bottled unfined, unfiltered, unblended
  • Bottled on 4/26/2019
Winemaker's Notes

The 2017 Brothers shows more depth of character every year. Its brooding aromas of sandalwood, died tobacco, black currants, and blackberries draw you in. The wine is deep and textured on the palate, with savory, meaty body mingling with plummy cherry. Lingering, long and full, it finishes with lightly dry tannins, with compel for more. As a winemaker, I’m often asked the impossible question: “Which wines is your favorite?” … a question I will ponder as I finish this glass….

Wine Summary

100% organically farmed Cabernet Sauvignon; alcohol: 14.7%; 2 acre block in hills between Rutherford and St. Helena; altitude: 850 feet; soils: Rhyolite; vines replanted in 2011; hand harvested; fermented with only native yeasts; malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels, 50% new, 50% used; aged 17 months in barrel; bottled unfined, unfiltered, unblended on 4/26/2019.

Technical Information
  • 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes
  • Alcohol: 14.7%
  • Organically grown grapes

Reviews

93+ Points

The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Brothers Vineyard is gorgeous. In this vintage, the Brothers has a bit more tannin and overall structure than normal, but in 2017 a power outage resulted in the wine staying in tank for an extra ten days. In the end, that looks to have been a help, as the 2017 offers a terrific combination of fruit density and structure, within the mid-weight style of the year at Snowden. This is a beguiling wine that may very well turn out to be a surprise in time. Super classic, old-school, medium-bodied wine with good depth and resonance alongside notes of black cherry, leather, tobacco, licorice and gravel. 2022-2037

Vinous - Antonio Galloni, January, 2020

92 Points

Succulent and open in feel, with friendly plum and raspberry puree notes set on a silky structure, backed by light rooibos tea and anise hints. A stylish Cabernet, offering an alluring mouthfeel. Drink now through 2029.

Wine Spectator, August, 2020

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)