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Snowden Vineyards

2021 Merlot Lost Vineyard

The very dry 2021 growing season gave us a more assertive Merlot than usual, with ample fruit balanced by refreshing acidity and the rocky minerality of our Lost Vineyard site.  The fruit was harvested by hand on September 6, 2021, fermented by wild, native yeasts, aged 19 months in French oak barrels, and bottled in the spring of 2023.  Drought resulted in a small crop in '21 -- 55% below average for the Lost Vineyard block.  Reserving what was needed for the Ranch blend left us with a single barrel to bottle as a 100% Merlot varietal -- 288 bottles, making it what we call a "family wine," but one which we're pleased to share while it lasts.

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Wine Specs
Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation
Lost Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 6, 2021
19 months in French oak, 50% new and 50% used.
Bottling Date
May 4, 2023
Residual Sugar
Fermented dry, no sugar added.
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Wine Profile
Production Notes
The '21 Ranch and Merlot are the first of our wines to appear in our new bottle -- a straight-sided bottle which is
Winemaker Notes
The very dry 2021 growing season gave us a Merlot which is unusually dense, spirited and bold. Notes of blackberry, mocha and raspberry are enlivened by chewy tannins and bright acidity. We were able to bottle fewer than 25 cases, making the 2021 Merlot a rare wine only few will have the opportunity to enjoy.