2005 Switchback Ridge - Petite Sirah Peterson Family Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

Not surprisingly, Switchback Ridge has made a bevy of amazing Petite Sirahs, and the 2005 Petite Sirah Peterson Family Vineyard possesses off the charts richness as well as a full-bodied style offering notes of espresso, ground pepper, blackberries, camphor, and incense. It is an exotic, full-bodied, enormously concentrated wine to drink over the next two decades.

Drink Dates: 2007-2027
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 174

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Superrich, powerful and almost syrupy, edging toward prune. Very deep and concentrated, with plush layers of plum, wild berry, cassis and a minerally, earthy aftertaste.

Drink Dates: 2007-2011
Author: James Laube
Issue: Web

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89(+?)?

($56) Medium ruby-red. Musky aromas of raw crushed berries, medicinal cherry, tobacco and nutty oak. Broad and voluminous, but showing more sheer power and concentration today than flavor definition. This rather chunky wine is uncompromisingly dry and youthfully unformed. Finishes with major palate-saturating tannins.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 93
Author: Hal1
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 11/16/2014

Rating: 93
Author: tiberite
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 01/03/2010
Drink Dates: 2007-2020
Site Blog: mac_h

Rating: 93
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 01/31/2011
Better than expected. Has aged well. Still has teeth coating tannin and chewy texture.

Rating: 80
Author: Seaway J
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 09/16/2009
raisn note. alcoholic. way too ripe. after four days, raisn note was still there

Average rating: 92, based on 7 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

725 bottles owned by 303 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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