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2005 Switchback Ridge - Petite Sirah Peterson Family Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 95 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 89 IWC
  • Variety
    Petite Sirah

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SKU: 74961-2005-750-2A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

    ($56) Medium ruby-red. Musky aromas of raw crushed berries, medicinal cherry, tobacco and nutty oak. Broad and voluminous, but showing more sheer power and concentration today than flavor definition. This rather chunky wine is uncompromisingly dry and youthfully unformed. Finishes with major palate-saturating tannins.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    Not surprisingly, Switchback Ridge has made a bevy of amazing Petite Sirahs, and the 2005 Petite Sirah Peterson Family Vineyard possesses off the charts richness as well as a full-bodied style offering notes of espresso, ground pepper, blackberries, camphor, and incense. It is an exotic, full-bodied, enormously concentrated wine to drink over the next two decades.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Superrich, powerful and almost syrupy, edging toward prune. Very deep and concentrated, with plush layers of plum, wild berry, cassis and a minerally, earthy aftertaste.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Hal1
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Drink Dates: 2007-2020
    Author: tiberite
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Better than expected. Has aged well. Still has teeth coating tannin and chewy texture.
    Author: Johnnymd
  • Self | Rating: 80

    raisn note. alcoholic. way too ripe. after four days, raisn note was still there
    Author: Seaway J
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.

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 343 bottles owned
  • 111 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 111 collectors)