Snowden Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2010
...ratchets up the level of concentration, power and intensity. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by aromas of black currants, loamy soil, forest floor, licorice and baking spices. Rich, opulent, medium to full-bodied and more concentrated and layered than its younger sibling, it should drink well for 10-15+ years...93" WA 10/13 "Much of Snowden’s beautiful vineyard situated above the Auberge du Soleil, next to Sloan, was replanted several years ago. From the second generation of Snowdens, Diane Snowden Seysses has taken a more active involvement in the winemaking, and it looks like she’s brought a Pinot Noir sensitivity to the Bordeaux varietals. Tasting through a group of lots from 2012 showed it, not surprisingly, to be a much richer vintage than 2011. The wines are fruit-forward with full-bodied intensity, lots of purity and supple, velvety tannins. It should be a real winner.
Four and a half glasses
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It is interesting to compare it to the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, which ratchets up the level of concentration, power and intensity. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by aromas of black currants, loamy soil, forest floor, licorice and baking spices. Rich, opulent, medium to full-bodied and more concentrated and layered than its younger sibling, it should drink well for 10–15+ years.
Pure and well-focused on dark berry, with plum, currant and black cherry at the core. Cedar, crushed rock and loamy earth notes emerge on the finish, where the tannins give the flavors traction. Drink now through 2024.
Full black ruby. Vibrant aromas of black fruits, plum, minerals, mocha and brown spices. Fleshy, broad and suave, showing a fine-grained texture and excellent inner-mouth lift to the dark berry and licorice flavors. The slowly building finish features ripe tannins and excellent subtle length; very dry in a classic way. Again, I was not aware of the high alcohol.
Saturated bright ruby. Black cherry, blueberry, licorice and minerals on the aromatically precise nose. The seriously rich but backward palate delivers concentrated dark fruit and dark chocolate flavors along with a wilder leathery nuance. Strong minerality contributes to the impression of spine. Showing a more restrained sweetness of fruit today than the 2010 version, but here the granular tannins seem sweeter.
Opaque core with a ruby rim. Turkish coffee and dark chocolate aromas on the nose. Black cherry and red fruit flavors, along with spice and minerality combine on the palate with firm tannins and good acidity to give structure to this powerful wine. A... Eddie Wolowski. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2009 Snowden Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 750ml
Good full medium ruby. Expressive aromas of cassis, graphite and spices. Lush and sweet on entry, then much more complex in the middle palate than the Ranch bottling, with spicy red and darker fruit flavors complemented by chocolate and loam. Finishes very broad, with sweet, pliant tannins and excellent persistence. Happily, the Napa Valley extravagant pricing flu hasnrsquo;t spread to this producer yet.
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is drop-dead gorgeous. Dark red fruit, tobacco, flowers and licorice emerge from this massive, powerful wine. The Reserve fleshes out beautifully on the palate as the fruit gains dimension and volume. Hints of licorice, menthol and tar wrap around the powerful, structured finish. This is a dazzling showing from Snowden. The 2009 harvest was not an easy one, but Diana Snowden Seysses did a brilliant job coping with the October rains. In 2009 the blend is 75.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19.1% Merlot, 3.8% Cabernet Franc and 1.6 % Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2017andndash;2029.