International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88($52) Saturated medium ruby. Roasted, liqueur-like aromas of black raspberry and bitter chocolate, with hints of maple syrup and sweet oak. Thick, lush and sweet, with superripe cherry, berry and chocolate flavors and pronounced oakiness. The suavest of the three current releases from this winery, but could use a bit more vibrancy and nuance. Finishes with substantial but very fine tannins.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: November/December 2002
Wine Advocate | Rating: 91The thick, saturated garnet/purple-colored 1999 Merlot Peterson Family Vineyard offers up a big, smoky, earthy perfume revealing hints of fudge, black cherry and currant liqueur, in addition to toast. The wine is rich, chewy, pure, lush, and mouth-filling. It is soft enough to be drunk now, but should evolve for 10-12 years. Switchback Ridge is a new name to take seriously.Author: Robert Parker
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.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 57 bottles owned
- 16 collectors