A really nice introduction to Snowden Vineyards with this one. Deep cherry color with a thin rim. The amount of earth on the nose is really nice. Graphite and soft red cherries leads to just about the right amount of cedar. Juicy blueberries take the lead after a heavy decant.
Single vineyard Napa Merlot with a splash of Cabernet Sauvignon thrown in just for good measure. Medium bodied with tannins on the supple side. 14.0 but doesn’t get the balance off. Nice acidity and structure. The palate mirrors the nose with brambly fruit and toasty wood elements. Long finish with spices and herbs. Next time your dumb friend starts quoting Sideways, give them this.
— 2 years ago
Not quite built to go head-to-head with the best Napa Cabs, but incredible value for <$100 and I expect the still present oak should be fully integrated in another year or 2. Fantastic purity of dark red fruit, rooting for the light acidity to hang in for a while. — 7 months ago
Another nice 2013 bottle. Great with leftover wagyu New York Strip
The Los Ricos Vineyard is a steep one acre block at the southwestern corner of the property. An ancient, dry-farmed prune orchard grew on the site when we came to the ranch in 1955. In 1997 we removed the remaining prune trees and replanted the field to Cabernet Sauvignon, using Clone 337 on 110R rootstock. The block extends from approximately 625 to 675 feet of elevation. The surface is east-facing at a grade of almost 20%, which means the vineyard receives significantly more morning sun and less afternoon sun than the other vineyards on the property. The soils are predominantly volcanic Rhyolite. — 10 months ago
Always fun to try older wines like this. Cassis, dried herbs, tobacco, cigar box, soft tannin and acid still holding. Great time to drink. Buddy brought it as a shoe in for a faulted wine and it turned out to be a stunner. Gotta say, sometimes bottle variation can prove to be a good thing, if you get the right one of course 👍🏻 — 6 years ago
Little tight but tastes quite lovely. Thanks @Chris Garcia — 8 years ago