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2009 Switchback Ridge - Cabernet Sauvignon Peterson Family Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 92 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 56186-2009-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    (15.5% alcohol, from a blend of clones 337 and 7): Bright ruby-red. Wild aromas of raspberry, blackberry, leather, licorice, smoke and game. Lush and large-scaled, with a slightly liqueur-like quality to the black raspberry and creamy oak flavors. Finishes with big but ripe tannins and a lingering chocolate liqueur flavor. The rather muscular clone 7 tannins are always slow to evolve, notes winemaker Bob Foley. Still a bit reduced today and worth following. (My sample of the Petite Sirah was distinctly porty and too chocolatey-hot for me.)
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2012
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Firm and muscular, with dense, rich dark berry, currant and black- berry fruit that's complex, layered and tannic, yet with a supple edge and a long finish of melted black licorice.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Rich and evolving. Many years to go.
    Author: Johnnymd
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

  • 83 bottles owned
  • 26 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 26 collectors)