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Snowden Vineyards

2019 Merlot Lost Vineyard

From our two acre "Lost Vineyard" block, the '19 Merlot is full and round, but without an ounce of flab. 100% Merlot, the wine was fermented with native wild yeasts and aged for 18 months in French oak.  Our first red wine from the 2019 vintage to be released, it's a perfect match for holiday roasted turkey with chestnut dressing.

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Wine Specs
Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation
Lost Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 24, 2019
18 months in French oak, 50% new and 50% used.
Bottling Date
April 12, 2021
Residual Sugar
Fermented dry, no sugar added.
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
The 2019 growing season began with much needed rains. With a reserve of water in the ground, the vines grew quickly. Our vineyard team struggled to keep up with the ground vegetation and canopy management. Removing lateral shoots and excess fruit was especially important in 2019 to maintain balance. The growing season was even, with no heat spikes in the autumn. We were at leisure to pick at optimal ripeness. The wines are generous and plush with exceptional aromatic complexity.
Winemaker Notes
Time and experience have taught us that our Cabernet Franc particularly benefits from both time in bottle and then in the decanter. For the first few minutes after opening, the wine is subdued, as if waiting to be sought out. But then time and air begin to work their magic and the Cabernet Franc unfolds. The aromatics are dazzling. 2019 shows more dark fruit than red, as well as plums with mocha. The tannins become imperceptible and the palate broad, generous and ample.