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Snowden Vineyards

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon "Los Ricos Vineyard"

The tiny Los Ricos Vineyard is situated at approximately 600 feet of elevation at the southwestern corner of the property, just east of the eastern boundary of the St. Helena appellation.  These hillside vines produce low yields of small, loose clusters with small berries which result in wines with intense flavor intensity and aromatic nuance.  For many years, the Los Ricos fruit was a key element in our Reserve blend.  When our vineyard designated Brothers Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon replaced the Reserve as our first wine, it opened the door to our also bottling Los Ricos as an unblended vineyard designate.  In 2015 we harvested 1,925 pounds of fruit which produced 732 bottles. Writing in Vinous, Antonio Galloni describes the '15 Los Ricos as "...dark and powerful in the glass, with a real sense of gravitas and brooding power."

" ... dark and powerful ... "
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SKU: 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Los Ricos
Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation
Los Ricos Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 8, 2015
19 months in French oak, 50% new, 50% used
Natural, wild yeast fermentation
Bottling Date
April 20, 2017
Residual Sugar
Fermermented dry, no sugar added
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Winemaker Notes
Our Los Ricos block is a one acre, east facing vineyard at a lower elevation than most of our other vineyards and with an unusual eastern exposure which catches the morning sunlight, before moving into shade earlier in the day. This wine has an elegant, floral-driven bouquet, with notes of raspberries, blackberries and marzipan. On the palate red fruit is accompanied by clove and pencil lead. The tannins are fine and the wine is weightless. It can be enjoyed immediately and, if carefully cellared, for the next 30 years.