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2013 Snowden Cabernet Sauvignon "The Ranch"

Winery: Snowden

Vintage: 2013

Wine Name/Vineyard: "The Ranch"

Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc & 2% Petit Verdot

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $50

Cases produced: 1,570

KWG Score: 91.8 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: October 14, 2016

Wine Review: This slightly opaque and dark red colored Cabernet Sauvignon from Snowden is very nice. It opens with a dark cherry and blueberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, nicely balanced, and smooth. The flavor profile is a mineral infused black cherry with notes of gentle oak. I also detected hints of black currant and a touch of plum. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins are well controlled, yet stick around for a while. I would suggest pairing this very nice Cab with New York strip steak. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: The 2013 Snowden Cabernet Sauvignon "The Ranch" greets you with a bouquet of blueberries, blackberry, and hints of savory herbal aromas, like black olives and pencil lead. It has flavors of cherries and anise, with a plush chalky texture. As always, the Cabernet Sauvignon "The Ranch" can be enjoyed immediately and for the next decade.

Organic status: not organic

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