Snowden Vineyards

Snowden will always retain a special place in our affections as this was the first US winery to feature on our list; back in 2005 when Diana Seysses (Snowden) took over the reins at the family estate. It isn’t difficult to argue that the time that Diana spends in Morey-St-Denis in some way goes to explain the Snowden style of Cabernet. These have a sense of place but they are not the blockbusters that some produce in Napa and Diana has noted that they often appeal more to a European palate than to the domestic market. Be it the feminine touch or the Burgundian influence, there is an undeniable elegance to these wines. Aside from wine making the other vital factor is the hillside of this St Helena property. The steepness of the slopes would not ripen the grapes to the level of those on the valley floor. These grapes have always been sought after and during the early 1990s they were sold off to Silver Oak, Caymus and Stags Leap. Bottling under the Snowden name began in 1993 but the rapid improvement in quality has happened in the past ten years. The most recent change has been the ending of the Ranch/Reserve division. From 2012 onwards the Ranch has contained all of the juice that was once exclusive to the Reserve. The most recent addition to our list is the 2012 Petit Verdot, of which only 66 cases were made. This is a robust wine yet energetic and lively as the best examples should be. `...As for the wines, under the leadership of Diana Snowden Seysses, who also makes wine in Burgundy with her husband, Jeremy Seysses of Domaine Dujac, they are terrific. Talk about a power couple!` Antonio Galloni, Vinous, December 2011

Have a look on Diana discussing about her winemaking
https.//www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep3-qMwvP2c

Winemaker: Diana Snowden Seysses

Hectares: 23 hectares

Parcels:
The Brothers vineyard 11ha
The Lost Orchard 5ha
Los Ricos vineyard 1ha
The Pool Block 1.5ha
The Blending Blocks 4.5ha

Website: www.snowdenvineyards.com

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  • From just a single acre of vines, this expressive Sauvignon Blanc is a considerable level above almost all others that we`ve tried from the Napa. The fruit is gently pressed, followed by fermentation with wild native yeasts in a mix of stainless steel and oak barrels (around 10% new oak). A malolactic fermentation is avoided, to intensify the freshness and citrus zip. The wine is then aged sur lies, adding texture and layers of complexity. The wine has aromas of grapefruit, lemon, summer herbs and touch of elderflower, with a lovely mouth feel and texture. The palate is long and nuanced, finishing with impressive minerality. Very classy wine from Diana Snowden. Only 240 bottles made it to the UK...get it while you can.

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