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Snowden Vineyards

2017 Cabernet Sauvignon "Los Ricos Vineyard"

Our Los Ricos Vineyard is a single acre at 650 feet of elevation with a steep eastern exposure, which gives the vines more morning sun and less afternoon sun. The site is a low producer - we made just 1,236 bottles of Los Ricos in 2017 - and the wine balances stylish aromatics and fruit against the timeless character of the site. Winemaker Diana Seysses refers to the '17 as "radiant" and "vibrant," with "sublimely fine tannins." Critic Antonio Galloni says the wine is "super-expressive in its aromatics, with lovely floral and savory character." Fermented with native, wild yeasts, the wine was in barrel before the fires of 2017 broke out. Aged for 18 months in French oak, it was bottled unblended, unfiltered, and unfined in the spring of 2019.

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Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation
Los Ricos Vineyard
Harvest Date
18 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 Ricos is just radiant. While the alcohol is lower than most years, the flavors and aromas are the hallmark of our tiny and well-loved vineyard. East-facing and thus ripened by morning sunshine, Ricos has a distinctive vibrant, floral bouquet and a juicy, plush texture, like biting into a ripe, black cherry, with sublimely fine tannins. Delightful and captivating, the '17 Ricos is beautiful now and will continue to dazzle for the next 20 years.