2008 Switchback Ridge - Cabernet Sauvignon Peterson Family Vineyard 750ml

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IWC 91   WS 91   WA 90+   Collector 92
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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

(15% alcohol): Good full ruby. Reticent but sexy aromas of blackberry, cassis, minerals, dark chocolate and violet, with a lightly liqueur-like character. Then creamy but not overly sweet on the palate, with attractive mineral and floral lift to the supple flavors of black raspberry and mocha. Strong fruit here, supported by a firm tannic spine.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 156

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

An elegant, stylish wine, medium to full bodied, with a tight, firm, complex mix of black fruit, black licorice, cedar and floral scents, ending with supple, fine grain tannins. More refined than this typically is.

Drink Dates: 2012-2021
Author: James Laube


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Wine Advocate | Rating: 90+

The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Peterson Family Vineyard is a more long-distance runner that will require some patience from purchasers. A deep plum/ruby/purple color is followed by a tight but promising nose of forest floor, brooding red and black fruits and earth. Careful coaxing is required to help the nuances emerge. Full-bodied, with elevated but sweet tannins, this 2008 is still somewhat monolithic, but is rich and promising.

Drink Dates: 2012-2032
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 192

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 92
Author: Cutrx
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/28/2014

Average rating: 91, based on 4 reviews
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66 bottles owned by 24 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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