Snowden The Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2018
Located in Napa Valley's eastern hills, Snowden Ranch spans 160 acres, 23 of which are devoted to vineyards. This is a four-generation family estate, with Diana Snowden assuming the winemaking duties from David Ramey in 2012. Diana is also the enologist at Domaine Dujac in Burgundy, where she resides with her husband Jeremy Seysses and their two children, Aubert and Blaise. Snowden’s 2016 ‘The Ranch’ Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of Cabernet from the estate's westernmost Lower Vineyard and the easternmost Lost Orchard Vineyard, along with Merlot and Petit Verdot. Well-balanced and persistent, with layers of black cherry, plum, and herbs, this is powerful, classic Napa Valley Cabernet.
WA93: Fresh and focused, with a well-built core of red currant, plum and black cherry preserves supported by a loamy spine, with tobacco and singed alder lining the finish. Best from 2022 through 2035.
VM90-93: The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon The Ranch shows just how compelling this vintage is. Dark and resonant in the glass, but also medium in body, the 2018 is so precise and nuanced. Red cherry, cedar, tobacco and mint add lovely aromatic top notes to this mid-weight yet rich Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2018 finishes with grippy tannins and tons of energy.