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Snowden Vineyards

2017 Cabernet Sauvignon "The Ranch"

Cabernet Sauvignon -- from the Pool Block at 650 feet of elevation and the Lost Orchard vineyard at 800 feet -- was blended with 15% Merlot from the "Lost Vineyard" block to produce this bright and supple, terroir-driven wine in the classic style. Winemaker Diana Seysses describes the '17 Ranch as "perfect in proportion, precision and weight."  Wine writer Antonio Galloni calls it "gracious," with "lovely aromatics" and a "core of sweet red berry fruit" -- fruit which was all in the cellar before the 2017 fires broke out, fermented using native, wild yeasts, and aged for 17 months in French oak before being bottled, unfiltered and unfined, in April, 2019 -- 1,008 cases produced.

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Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation
Harvest Date
9/6/2017 through 9/26/2017
17 months in French oak, 50% new and 50% used
Bottling Date
Residual Sugar
Fermented dry, no sugar added.
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Winemaker Notes
The 2017 Ranch is a classic, compelling, Cabernet-driven wine. It opens with inviting aromas of pencil lead, black plums, and brambles. On the palate there are equal measures of structure and generous fruit, reminding me of two stone arrowheads I recently found walking the vineyards at the ranch - once a regular occurrence, these were our first in more than 30 years. The Ranch 2017 is just perfect in proportion, precision and weight. Polished and strong, this wine can be enjoyed immediately and over the next 10 years.