Snowden

Sauvignon Blanc Sunninghill – 2021

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 8/31/2021
  • Whole cluster pressed
  • Barrel fermented with only native, wild yeasts
  • No malolactic fermentation
  • Aged sur lies for 7 months in neutral French oak and stainless steel barrels
  • Bottled 4/25/2022, Saranex-lined screwcap closure
Winemaker's Notes

The 2021 vintage gave us a short crop but a lovely wine from our single acre of Sauvignon Blanc. Balanced and elegant, the nose hints of bees wax and apricot, white flowers and freshly cut grass. The wine is polished and long on the palate, showing the block’s signature balance between subtle florals and an underlying minerality.

Wine Summary

100% Sauvignon Blanc; alcohol: 13.5%; 1 acre block in Lost Orchard vineyard at 800 feet; grown on rhyolite soils (volcanic sands); hand harvested 8/31/2021,  whole cluster pressed; fermented with only wild native yeasts; aged sur lies in stainless steel and neutral French oak barrels for 7 months; bottled 4/25/2022 under Saranex-lined screwcap closures.

Technical Information
  • 100% Sauvignon Blanc
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • 91 cases produced

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)