Auction 14 | Lot No. 184
5 cases produced
Diana Snowden Seysses
Winemaker, Snowden Vineyards
Diana graduated from the viticulture and enology program at the University of California at Davis in 2001. During and after her studies, she worked at wineries in California and France, including Robert Mondavi Winery, Mumm Napa Valley, the Araujo Estate, Fleur de Bouard, Domaine Leflaive and Ramey Wine Cellars. Diana became oenologist at Domain Dujac in Burgundy in 2003 and winemaker at Snowden commencing with the 2005 harvest. Since then has divided her professional time between California and Burgundy.
Country born: United States
Education: Bachelor of Science in Viticulture and Enology, University of California at Davis, 2001
Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years
The most moving and memorable wines express the place from which they come. My goal as a winemaker is to allow the site to speak. I try to exercise the self-restraint to allow nature to do what it will, to create the environments that let desired characteristics evolve naturally, to recognize the signs that require intervention, and to make intervention the exception rather than the rule.
Q&A With the Winemaker
Q: Premiere Napa Valley wines are innovative and allow each winery to showcase the region's sense of exploration in fine winemaking. What kind of exploration did your Premiere Napa Valley wine allow you to do?
A: We have been eagerly awaiting the first fruit from this one-acre plot. I couldn't be happier with the results; this wine makes statements, it has distinctive varietal character and mountain-side minerality.
Q: What was your inspiration for this offering?
A: Since this is the first vintage from what is already a small plot, it truly is a rare wine. The remainder of the barrel will never go farther than the Snowden family dinning room. The lucky bidder truly has a rarity!
Q: Fill in the blanks: I chose to make this wine from this particular ______________ because ______________.
A: I chose to make this wine from this particular varietal because we have a mountain-side site which we suspected would be well adapted to Sauvignon Blanc. The site stays cool enough to allow the fruit to ripen slowly, developing its natural joyous exuberance of exotic fruit, while remaining fresh.
Q: Why should a wine lover have a bottle of this wine in their cellar?
A: This wine is the perfect beginning of a special meal. It is crisp and aromatic, with enough character to be intellectually stimulating. It is lovely on its own, or with shell fish, asparagus, or goat cheese salad.