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Snowden Vineyards

2021 Cabernet Sauvignon The Ranch

The crop was small in 2021, with yields off by almost 50%, fewer, smaller clusters and little berries -- but the unusually high skin-to-juice ratio gave us bolder, richer wines.  Winemaker Diana Seysses remarks on the density of the '21 Ranch Cabernet, with aromas of crushed black cherries, brambles and plum set off by the velvet tannins and acid structure which so typical of our site.  A blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot, the wine was fermented by wild, native yeasts, aged 19 months in French oak barrels and bottled in the spring of 2023.  9,450 bottles were produced.

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Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley
Harvest Date
September 6, to September 30, 2021
19 months in French oak barrels, 50% new
Bottling Date
May 4, 2023
Residual Sugar
Fermented dry, no sugar added
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Production Notes
9,548 bottles produced
Winemaker Notes
2021 is an exciting vintage for the Ranch cuvée. As always blended entirely from estate grown fruit, the Cabernet Sauvignon came from the Lost Orchard block at the top of the property and the Pool block at the lowest elevation on our 160 acre homestead, enhanced by Merlot from the Lost Vineyard block and a dash of Petit Verdot. The 2021 Ranch is dense and crunchy with aromas of crushed black cherries, brambles and plum. On the palate it is bright and full of red fruit, with a crisp finish. Enjoy this wine immediately and for the next 10 years.