Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of <a href="">website accessibility</a>
  • Home
  • 2003 Switchback Ridge Merlot Peterson Family Vineyard

2003 Switchback Ridge Merlot Peterson Family Vineyard

  • 91 WA
  • 88 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • Variety

Out of stock

learn more about producers & collectors

SKU: 73527-2003-750

This item is available by the case only


This is a final sale item

Not eligible for cancellations or refunds

  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    ($52) Medium red color. Candied, high-toned aromas of red berry liqueur and caramel. Concentrated and quite sweet but firm and a bit restrained at present, showing a medicinal licorice and mint character to go with its ripe berries. Not a particularly lush style of merlot, but the finish is sweet and the tannins ripe. Late note of vanillin oak.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2006
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    Ripe and plush, with rich black cherry, wild berry and raspberry flavors that are vivid and intense. Firmly tannic and well proportioned. Finishes with a burst of ripe fruit. 320 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

    The 2003 Merlot's dark plum/purple color is followed by a big, chocolaty, espresso roast nose with blackberry and sweet cherry fruit, tremendous opulence, full body, and not a hard edge to be found. This glorious Merlot begs for consumption over the next 7-8 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: tiberite
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: Hal1
  • Self | Rating:

    Author: TF Winery
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

  • 150 bottles owned
  • 38 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 38 collectors)