Bottle Notes, Merlot

2004 Switchback Ridge Merlot – Bottle Notes

2004 Switchback Ridge Merlot

Switchback Ridge wines are sourced from the Peterson Family Vineyard in Calistoga. The property has been in the Peterson Family since 1914 and was replanted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Sirah in 1990. Bob Foley has been the winemaker since the inaugural vintage in 1999.

Opaque purple in color. 15.5% ABV. Nose of cassis, tar and dark fruits. Plums, currants, blackberry, raspberry, vanilla, leather and smoke on the palate. Silky tannins and a long, lush finish. Massive wine. Big and extracted. Full bodied, rich and unctuous. This is a Bob Foley wine through and through. Drink over the next 3-5 years.

My rating: 93 points.

Switchback Ridge wines are only available via their allocation list.

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