2003 Switchback Ridge - Petite Sirah Peterson Family Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

A wine to put away for at least 2-3 years is the inky purple 2003 Petite Sirah. Aromas of graphite, acacia flowers, blueberries, crushed rocks, and a touch of pepper jump from the glass of this formidably endowed, full-bodied monster. It is deep, rich, but well-balanced and pure. Petite Sirah remains the most underrated varietal in California. It can provide remarkable drinking for over two decades. However, it is not for the faint of heart nor for those looking for immediate gratification.

Drink Dates: 2008-2015
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 162

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

($52) Bright ruby. Blackberry liqueur, violet and a whiff of game on the nose. Then dense and sweet in the mouth, with firm acids giving this fruit bomb a captivating sappy character. The dark berry flavors are further lifted by spice and black pepper notes. Finishes with supple but firm tannins that coat the teeth and build impressively, and a late note of mint. This is more approachable today than the petite sirah bottled under the Pride label, which comes from the same fruit and was aged in a higher percentage of new oak.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

Aromas of baked blackberry pie, espresso and wild berry are dense and concentrated, with the requisite tannic muscle you expect from Petite. Yet it is graceful, at times syrupy and at the end, delicious. Decant. 250 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2007-2012
Author: James Laube

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 92
Author: tiberite
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 07/07/2010
Site Blog: mac_h Young (From 2010 To 2020)

Average rating: 91, based on 4 reviews
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221 bottles owned by 99 collectors.

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About This Producer

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.

Wine Varietal: Petite Sirah

Once thought to be a relative of Syrah, this red variety actually shares DNA with the Durif grape. Wines made from Petite Sirah (or Petite Syrah) are robust, tannic, and darkly-colored. It is bottled both as a single variety and used in blends to add body. Petite Sirah grows best in warmer climates such as Argentina and California's Sonoma, Paso Robles, Amador, Mendocino, and Napa regions. Typical descriptors for Petite Sirah include black pepper, jam, and blueberry.

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