Snowden Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet 2010

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...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.

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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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Vintage: 2005 04/14/2010

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Snowden Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
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.


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
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
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2009 12/04/2012

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
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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Vintage: 2009 02/18/2012

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


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...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.

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