Snowden "The Ranch" Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (Napa Valley, California) - [WS 92] [ST 89-92] [RP 90] [AG 90]

Snowden "The Ranch" Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
(Napa Valley, California) - [WS 92] [ST 89-92] [RP 90] [AG 90]

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WS92 ST89 RP90 AG90
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Notes from the Winemaker:

From a wonderful growing year in the Napa Valley, this exciting wine is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. With our Brothers Vineyard – the best terroir on the property – beginning to come back into production in 2012, the vineyards previously going into our Reserve became available for inclusion in our Ranch wine, adding to its heft, depth, and, most important, nuance. An approachable and exuberant vineyard-specific Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Winemaker Diana Snowden Seysses describes the wine as "richly perfumed with ... two hallmark aromas of Snowden, violets and blueberries, along with blackberry, cassis, steel and pencil lead, sweet spices, cedar and vanilla. On the palate the wine has a vibrant, natural acidity, coupled with a compelling salinity, rolling length, and fine silky tannins.”

Ratings & Reviews

92 Points - Wine Spectator:
"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. 1,893 cases made." - JL (Oct 15, 2015)

89-92 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:
"(all but one barrel is from the Brothers vineyard): Dark ruby-red. Medicinal black cherry, blackberry, menthol and minerals on the nose, plus notes of tobacco and loam. Supple and sweet, with flavors of plum, raspberry, truffle and dusty earth accented by cedar and herbs. Finishes with slightly dusty tannins and warm spices." - Stephen Tanzer (May/Jun 2014)

90 Points - Robert Parker:
"The two bigger red wines are the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon The Ranch and, as Scott Snowden said, there wasn’t enough difference between this cuvée to justify a Reserve. Elegant red and black currant fruit with dusty loamy soils notes, a hint of coffee beans and subtle background oak are all present in this deep, medium to full-bodied, stylish wine that seems to want to behave like a French Bordeaux, but clearly has the ripeness and flesh of Napa. " - Robert Parker (Oct 2014)

90 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon The Ranch is plump, racy and intense to the core. Dark red cherries, plums, clove and new leather blossom in an explosive, resonant Cabernet Sauvignon built on pure texture. Interestingly, in 2012 Snowden did not bottle their Reserve, so all the best fruit went into the Ranch, a wine that delivers considerable value by Napa Valley standards. Healthy dollops of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot round out the blend." - Antonio Galloni (September 2014)

San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 Wines of 2013 (2010 vintage):
"In a ZIP code where $100 gets a shrug, the Snowden family - and winemaker Diana Snowden Seysses - brings remarkable finesse to the fruit from its longtime Napa property above Rutherford. The Ranch, their second wine, is more immediate, but its spice and silken tannins provide a depth to black currant flavors that show Cabernet at its classiest." - SF Chronicle (12/2/2013)