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2009 Switchback Ridge Merlot Peterson Family Vineyard

  • 94 WS
  • 88 IWC
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SKU: 73527-2009-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88

    Good bright medium ruby-red. Slightly high-toned aromas of cherry pie and chocolate, with hints of rhubarb and damp earth. Fat and sweet in the mouth, showing a slightly roasted character to its black cherry and blackberry flavors. Finishes with huge, slightly drying tannins and a strong chocolatey character.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2012
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Rich, layered and well-structured, with floral red currant aromas and complex flavors of black cherry, anise and toasty spice that lead to big but ripe tannins.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: Cutrx
  • Self | Rating: 94

    This is profound, depth, dark and dense Merlot that seems, smells and tastes like a modern Napa cabernet. This is serious stuff and easy to enjoy now with 1-hr decanting. Great fruit core of dark blue & black fruits, excellent and easy to drink tannins with long finish. This still a young wine that going to continue improvement in terms of complexities and adding nuances from top to bottom.
    Drink Dates: 2016-2026
    Author: Jito72
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

  • 60 bottles owned
  • 22 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 22 collectors)