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Snowden Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2010

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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.

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Snowden Vineyards:
For three generations our family has been farming red wine grapes on our ranch located on the eastern slope of the Napa Valley overlooking the towns of Rutherford and St. Helena. Our property is in the heartland of vineyards of distinction and character; it touches both the Rutherford and St. Helena appellations, and the Howell Mountain appellation is a few hundred yards away. The vineyards are... Read more
For three generations our family has been farming red wine grapes on our ranch located on the eastern slope of the Napa Valley overlooking the towns of Rutherford and St. Helena. Our property is in the heartland of vineyards of distinction and character; it touches both the Rutherford and St. Helena appellations, and the Howell Mountain appellation is a few hundred yards away. The vineyards are planted well above the valley floor, protecting them from temperature extremes, on well-drained perlite soils. The wines from this exceptional site are layered, powerful and harmonious. For fifty years we, the Snowdens, have been stewards of this vineyard. Read less

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Snooth User: tofubomb
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Vintage: 2005 04/14/2010

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Snowden Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

External Review
06/21/2014

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.


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06/21/2014

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.


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10/17/2013

Dark fruit and fine, tightly-wound tannins persist. While this wine will drink well young, those who wait will be rewarded. It is dense and layered.


External Review
06/21/2014

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.


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Vintage: 2009 01/03/2012

[Barrel sample] Big, rich, dense and concentrated, yet with a fleshy texture. Aromas of mocha, currant and blackberry are shaded by herb and cedary oak. The tannins are firm and drying.


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Vintage: 2009 01/03/2012

The prodigious 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 8% Petiti Verdot, and about 5% Cabernet Franc) reveals aromas of flowers, espresso roast, blackberries, and cregrave;me de cassis. This exuberant, rich, full-bodied Cabernet coats the palate, but is neither heavy nor overbearing. Sweet, substantial, well-integrated tannins along with decent acidity, and a stunningly long, 50-second finish make for a compelling glass of young, but promising Cabernet Sauvignon. This 2006 should hit its peak in 3ndash;5 years, and last for 25 or more.


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Vintage: 2009 01/03/2012

This young wine is hard and tannic now, with a drying mouthfeel. Buried way down deep are blackberries and cherries, which are considerable, and the wine is balanced. It will probably develop bottle complexity over the next five to seven years.


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