"Another gorgeous wine, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve has a bit more depth than the Ranch, partly because Cabernet Franc takes the place of Merlot as a supporting component in the wine. Sweet red cherries, wild flowers and spices ring out on a refined, textured finish that leaves a lasting impression."Antonio Galloni
"It is interesting to compare it to the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, which ratchets up the level of concentration, power and intensity. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by aromas of black currants, loamy soil, forest floor, licorice and baking spices. Rich, opulent, medium to full-bodied and more concentrated and layered than its younger sibling, it should drink well for 10-15+ years."Robert Parker's Wine Advocate : 2010 Snowden Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
From Diana Snowden Seysses
"2010 got off to a slow start; cool and wet weather patterns persisted through May, delaying budbreak. In June the rain stopped and we enjoyed even temperatures during flowering, making for excellent fruit set. Summer continued, cool with foggy skies, with the exception of two extreme heat spikes, one in August and one in September. Exposed and unshaded fruit raisined creating a great deal of work for our vineyard team which had to sort out the desiccated fruit before harvest. The fruit that did reach the crush pad was of excellent quality. It had enjoyed a long, mostly cool growing season and had reached optimum ripeness at level of brix lower than usual.
Harvest began Oct 8th for the Merlot and finished Oct 18th for the Cabernet, just before the rains. The grapes were picked by hand. Fermentation began naturally a little over one week after picking. The wines were pressed 10 to 14 days later and were transferred to French oak barrels; 50% new for the Reserve, 30% new for the Ranch. They immediately showed themselves to be classic, elegant Snowden Cabernets, with both ripe flavors and poise. They were bottled, unfiltered, May 2012."
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot
This wine was composed of our 'Los Ricos' and 'Pool' Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyards plus our Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, yielding the above blend. The resulting is a self-assured, masculine wine with impressive focus. It has aromas of plum, cedar and nutmeg; it follows on the palate with dark fruits, chalky tannins and a stony, focussed minerality. This wine is powerful yet restrained. It should be decanted if enjoyed in its youth and should evolve and improve over the next 15 years.