2005 Switchback Ridge - Cabernet Sauvignon Peterson Family Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

More backward, but still accessible is the inky/purple-colored 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Peterson Family Vineyard. A sensational perfume of melted licorice, black currants, smoked meats, underbrush, and toasty oak are followed by blackberry liqueur-like flavors. This is a powerful, full-throttle, concentrated Cabernet to consume over the next 15+ years.

Drink Dates: 2007-2022
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 174

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

The initial whiff of new leather and toasty oak is appealing, though this is a bit tight on the palate, taking time for the zesty wild berry, currant and black cherry flavors to unfold, ending with a flash of black licorice.

Drink Dates: 2010-2016
Author: James Laube
Issue: Web

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

($78) Good medium-deep ruby. Blackberry and licorice on the nose. Lush, superripe and concentrated, with a port-like quality to the dark berry and licorice flavors. This fat cabernet boasts serious sweetness in the middle palate and the tannins are sweet too. Shows a more convincing structure than the merlot.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: Koby
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 03/21/2011
Site Blog: The Wine Forum DAMIT, brett from the get go. Fruit and other componets are so big its not too bad, but I will notice it and it grew in and out of bretty/cork taint all night and into day 2....sad.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.


Rating: 94
Author: Hal1
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 11/08/2014

Rating: 93
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/16/2013

Rating: 93
Author: David 429
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/10/2010
Drink Dates: 2010-2025
A beautiful full bodied ruby red wine with a wonderful mouthfeel a nose of cherries, berries and some leather, a long and persistent finish. a delightful wine with a real kick at 15.7% alcohol. More to come from this wine in the future.

Average rating: 92, based on 7 reviews
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1415 bottles owned by 407 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: Cabernet Sauvignon


Cabernet Sauvignon is perhaps the world's best known red variety, with its full-bodied, intense profile. An offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, it is the primary grape of Bordeaux's Left Bank (Medoc and Graves regions) and the Napa Valley, but can be found growing all over the world. Typical descriptors for Cabernet Sauvignon are cassis, cedar, mint, black pepper, eucalyptus, and pencil lead.

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