2005 Switchback Ridge - Merlot Peterson Family Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88

($56) Good full ruby-red. Musky, rather sauvage aromas of mocha, leather, chocolate, iris and sweet oak, plus a whiff of fennel. Supple, sweet and thick with dark berry fruit, but the leather, smoked meat and band-aid notes may put off some tasters. Finishes with suave, smooth tannins and suggestions of exotic fruits. Distinctly wild merlot.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: Michael3049
Tasted On: 01/30/2009
Outstanding, fruit galore and chocolate

Rating: 92
Author: Hal1
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 04/28/2013

Average rating: 91, based on 3 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

940 bottles owned by 301 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: Merlot


Merlot shares many of the same profile descriptors as Cabernet Sauvignon including plum, blackberry, chocolate and mocha. Bordeaux's Right Bank, such as in Pomerol and St.-Emilion, is the traditional home to this red grape, but it is grown all over the world. Merlot is either bottled on its own or is blended with other red grapes.

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