The Snowden Ranch lies on the eastern slopes of the Napa Valley overlooking the towns of Rutherford and St. Helena. Premium wine grapes have been farmed on the property since it was homesteaded in 1878. The Snowdens came to the ranch in 1955 and since then four generations of the Snowden family have walked its sunlit vineyards and shadowed woods. The vineyards are within a few hundred yards of the Rutherford and St. Helena appellations. The Howell Mountain appellation lies a few miles to the north. The terroir-driven wines reflect the confluence of these appellations – the perfume of St. Helena, the leather of Rutherford, the structure and depth of mountain fruit. The wines are made by the Diana Snowden Seyses, who is also the winemaker for famed Domaine Dujac, which her in-laws own. She spends her time between France and the Napa Valley, where she lives with her husband and their two children
Snowden 2013 Cabernet “The Ranch” Estate, Napa Valley
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The 2013 Snowden Cabernet Sauvignon “The Ranch” is a blend of 75% Cabernet, 15% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The wine greets you with a bouquet of blueberries, blackberry, and hints of seasonded aromas (probably from the Cab Franc). On the palate this lush, medium to full-bodied youngster offers flavors of black chocolate, cherries and anise, with a plush chalky texture. The wine is elegant and finishes with soft silky tannins. As always, the Snowden Cabernet Sauvignon ‘The Ranch’ can be enjoyed immediately and for the next decade.
Anthony Galloni 94 Points: “Snowden’s 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon The Ranch is bold, delicious and juicy. Black cherry, plum, licorice and smoke all meld together effortlessly. The tannins could use another year or two to soften, but the Ranch Cabernet is going to drink well with minimal cellaring next to most wines of the vintage.
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