Snowden Vineyards

2010 Cabernet Franc
Napa Valley

2012 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 16 | Lot No. 195
Vintage: 2010

Snowden Vineyards

Cabernet Franc
Napa Valley

5 cases produced


The Snowden Vineyards are located on the east side of the Napa Valley, 850 feet in elevation, overlooking Rutherford on one side, St. Helena on the other and Lake Hennessey behind. Since 1955, the Snowden family has been steward of this world-class site. This year we held aside 45 liters of our Cabernet Franc, a key component in our Reserve blend, for Premiere Napa Valley. This Cabernet Franc is dense, powerful and mouth filling, with an alluring bouquet of tea leaves, lavender and black stone fruits.

Aging Process

20 months on lees in 50% new French Oak barrels, 50 % seasoned barrels
Process: Native yeast fermented

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.8
  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Diana Snowden Seysses

Winemaker, Snowden Vineyards

Winemaker, Diana Snowden Seysses

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

Winemaking Philosophy:
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.

Nara Cellar

1500 Whitehall Lane
Saint Helena  CA  94574

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