Snowden Vineyards

In 1955, Wayne and Virginia Snowden purchased a ranch along a ridge in the eastern foothills of the Napa Valley. In addition to the stunning views of St. Helena, Rutherford and the San Francisco Bay, the property came with seven acres of grapes and six acres of prunes, walnuts, plums and peaches. In 1962, realizing the future of Napa was probably in wine rather than fruits and nuts, the Snowdens planted Cabernet Sauvignon from cuttings off of Nathan Fay's vineyard in the Stags Leap District.

As happens with many new vineyards set in arid sites, the vines struggled to survive. To keep the young plants alive, the couple carried small amounts of water up the hill in garbage cans tied into the back seat of a '52 Oldsmobile two-door convertible.

Scott and Randy Snowden (Wayne and Virginia's sons) assumed responsibility for the property in 1981 and not long after developed the 11-acre "Brothers Vineyard" site.

For the next decade the Snowdens sold their grapes to Stag's Leap Wine Cellars. During that period, they worked to fine-tune the trellising and farming of their vineyard with the help of Warren Winiarski, owner of Stag's Leap, and his viticultural consultant, Danny Schuester.

In 1993, the Snowdens produced their first vintage under their own label. Although they continued to sell a portion of their grapes to friends at such wineries as Silver Oak Cellars, Caymus Vineyards, Frank Family, Viader, and Ramey, they have been gradually retaining more and more of the crop for their own wines.

In January of 2005 Diana Snowden, along with consulting winemaker Dave Ramey, assumed winemaking duties. In addition to her work at Snowden, Diana is also the enologist for Domaine Dujac in Burgundy.

Today, Snowden produces the vineyard-designated Cabernet Sauvignon "Brothers Vineyard", the Cabernet Sauvignon "The Ranch", which is an approachable and affordable blend of Bordeaux varietals, a 100% Merlot from a block called "The Lost Vineyard," and a small amount of Sauvignon Blanc – all from vineyards on the family estate.

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Snowden 'The Ranch' Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
90  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 90 "The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon The Ranch is soft, racy and absolutely delicious. Even with all of its natural intensity, the 2015 retains striking freshness and nuance. Sweet red-toned fruit and floral notes give this gracious, mid-weight Cabernet an air of pure charm that will make
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Snowden 'The Ranch' Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
93  James Suckling 
Vinous Media 93 "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon The Ranch is another gorgeous wine from Snowden. Dark, racy and expressive, the 2014 boasts lovely depth and polish. Dark cherry, plum, spice, mocha and leather are all pushed forward. Gracious and medium in body, with fabulous balance, the 2014 has it

Snowden 'The Ranch' Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
93  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 93 "Snowden's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon The Ranch is bold, delicious and juicy. Black cherry, plum, licorice and smoke all meld together effortlessly. The tannins could use another year or two to soften, but the Ranch Cabernet is going to drink well with minimal cellaring next to most

Snowden 'The Ranch' Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
92  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 92 "Pure, rich and taut, with a tasty core of blackberry, plum and wild berry, accented by hints of savory herb, cedar and crushed rock. Offers complexity, structure and style. Drink now through 2028."—J.L.  Wine Advocate 90 "The two bigger red wines are the 2012 Cabernet

Snowden 'The Ranch' Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
View From The Cellar 93 "The 2011 Snowden Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon is a beautiful young bottle of cabernet, coming in at a very civilized 13.9 percent alcohol and offering up lovely purity and nascent complexity on both the nose and palate. The first class bouquet offers up scents of red and

Snowden Vineyards 'The Ranch' Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92 "Snowden’s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon The Ranch is one of the bigger, juicier wines readers will come across in this vintage. Mocha, chocolate, spices, plums and black cherries seem to literally jump from the glass. Merlot plays a pretty important role in the 2010, which gives the

Snowden 'The Ranch' Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
93  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 93 "The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon The Ranch bursts from the glass with masses of dark red fruit, tobacco, licorice and cassis. The wine shows marvelous depth and texture as the aromas and flavors build effortlessly to the dramatic, sweeping finish. This is a superb effort, and

Snowden 'Reserve' Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
94  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 94+ "The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is drop-dead gorgeous. Dark red fruit, tobacco, flowers and licorice emerge from this massive, powerful wine. The Reserve fleshes out beautifully on the palate as the fruit gains dimension and volume. Hints of licorice, menthol and tar wrap

Snowden 'The Ranch' Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
92  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 92 "The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon The Ranch (composed of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and a dollop of Petit Verdot) offers up aromas of burning embers, blackberries, cassis, licorice, and a touch of bouquet garni. The complex aromatics are followed by

Snowden 'Reserve' Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
95  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 95 "The prodigious 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 8+% Petit Verdot, and about 5% Cabernet Franc) reveals aromas of flowers, espresso roast, blackberries, and creme de cassis. This exuberant, rich, full-bodied Cabernet coats the palate, but is