2006 Switchback Ridge - Cabernet Sauvignon Peterson Family Vineyard 750ml

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WS 93   WA 92   IWC 92   Collector 93
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

Wonderful purity of Cabernet fruit, intense and concentrated, with a medley of black currant, blackberry, dark plum, spice and black licorice. Firm and focused, with chewy tannins. The core flavors are deep and persistent, ending with a touch of heat. 942 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2010-2017
Author: James Laube


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Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

That is not the case with the dense ruby/purple-hued 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Peterson Family Vineyard. Beautiful aromas of sweet blackberries, cassis, forest floor, and spring flowers jump from the glass of this full-bodied, opulent, moderately tannic wine. Its textured, layered mouthfeel displays no aggressiveness.

Drink Dates: 2008-2023
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 180

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

($80; 15.7% alcohol) Bright, moderately saturated ruby-red. Currant, tar, smoke and violet on the nose. Dense and superripe, with an almost exotic quality to the dark berry, spice and forest floor flavors, but also harmonious framing acidity. This is really stuffed with fruit. Finishes with substantial but fine tannins. A big boy with very good texture and depth.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 144

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 93
Author: Naperwino
Trust Rating: 80
Tasted On: 06/09/2013

Rating: 93
Author: RidgeLovers
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 03/21/2015
A classic Napa cabernet. Balanced fruit, great finish. Enjoyed with a perfect steak.

Rating: 93
Author: Jason R
Trust Rating: 98
Drink Dates: 2008-2021

Average rating: 92, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1174 bottles owned by 321 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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