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2011 Switchback Ridge Merlot Peterson Family Vineyard

  • 90 WS
  • 90 IWC
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SKU: 73527-2011

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Offers a sleek and fleshy texture, with black cherry and dusty herb aromas. The flavors are focused and somewhat tight at the core, with notes of red currant, bitter chocolate, cedar and mineral. Best from 2016 through 2020. 960 cases made.
    Drink Dates: 2016-2020
    Author: Tim Fish
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    (14.5% alcohol; blended with 18% cabernet sauvignon and 2% petite sirah; this fruit was picked at 26 degrees Brix, six days earlier than in 2010, on September 30 and October 1): Bright red. Vibrant aromas of cassis, blackberry and licorice. Silky and juicy, with briary dark berry and bitter chocolate flavors framed and lifted by nicely integrated acidity. Finishes with serious oak tannins and excellent length. Offers a lovely balance of ripeness and freshness.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2014
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  • 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

    • 31 bottles owned
    • 13 collectors