Robert Parker
Snowden Vineyards, 2008 Snowden Sauvignon Blanc

"The 2008 Sauvignon Blanc, aged in neutral oak, offers up notes of honeyed grapefruit in its crisp, light to medium-bodied, zesty white. Drink it over the next several years.

The following notes confirm what I wrote last year about this somewhat under-the-radar winery. Snowden produces just under 2,000 cases of extraordinary wine from their 23 acres of hillside vineyards on the eastern side of Napa, above the Auberge du Soleil. Proprietor Scott Snowden and his daughter, Diane (whose permanent home is in Burgundy), along with consultant David Ramey have fashioned superb reds along with a delicious, French-inspired Sauvignon Blanc. For Napa Cabernets, Snowden’s wines are relatively great bargains for their quality."
–December 2009

Snowden Vineyards, 2008 Snowden Sauvignon Blanc

Snowden Vineyards, 2008 Snowden Sauvignon Blanc

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2008 Snowden Sauvignon Blanc
Snowden Vineyards

Grapes come from the Beckstoffer Vineyard in Rutherford. They are hand-picked at 23.5 degrees Brix and are still cool when they arrive at the winemaking facility in St Helena. Fruit is pressed whole-cluster and fermented in a combination of used white wine barrels and stainless steel. The natural fermentation starts within days and continues slowly over a month and a half until dry. Malolactic fermentation is blocked to preserve the wine's natural acidity and aromas and the wine remains on its lees until it is bottled, unfiltered.

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