2005 Switchback Ridge - Merlot Peterson Family Vineyard 750ml

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2005 Switchback Ridge - Merlot Peterson Family Vineyard

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International Wine Cellar | 88

($56) Good full ruby-red. Musky, rather sauvage aromas of mocha, leather, chocolate, iris and sweet oak, plus a whiff of fennel. Supple, sweet and thick with dark berry fruit, but the leather, smoked meat and band-aid notes may put off some tasters. Finishes with suave, smooth tannins and suggestions of exotic fruits. Distinctly wild merlot.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Wine Advocate | 93

The 2005 Merlot Peterson Family Vineyard will easily convince skeptics that good Merlot can be voluptuous and sexy. Its dense purple color is followed by notes of black cherry jam interwoven with chocolate fudge, espresso, and toasty oak. Succulent and fleshy, it is all that a California Merlot should be.

Drink Dates: 2007-2015
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 174

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Wine Spectator | 91

Offers fragrant plum and cassis aromas, with rich, ripe and supple flavors that show accents of white pepper, Asian spice and toasty oak. Builds depth and intensity on the finish.

Drink Dates: 2008-2012


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Score: 92
Author: Hal1
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 04/28/2013
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Author: Michael3049
Tasted On: 01/30/2009
Outstanding, fruit galore and chocolate

About This Producer


Switchback Ridge produces handcrafted estate wines sourced exclusively from the Peterson Family Vineyard in Calistoga. The property has been in the Peterson family since 1914 and encompasses nearly 100 acres located at the mouth of Dutch Henry Canyon. For over 75 years the property was primarily maintained as a farm and plum orchard, with vines intermingled amongst the trees. In 1990, the orchards were replanted to vineyard, where there are currently 18 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Sirah vines, in addition to a three acre 50+ year old Petite Sirah block that John Peterson helped plant as a child. The rich, rocky soils of this beautiful vineyard property consistently produce low yields of intensely flavored fruit, resulting in extremely concentrated, fruit driven wines that are the hallmark of Switchback Ridge. Bob Foley has been the winemaker since the first vintage in 1999.

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