Switchback Ridge wines are sourced from the Peterson Family Vineyard. The property, located just off the Silverado Trail between St. Helena and Calistoga has been in the Peterson Family since 1914 and was replanted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Sirah in 1990. Kelly Peterson along with her father John founded Switchback Ridge in 1999. She is responsible for all aspects of the business, including all sales, marketing and hospitality functions. Bob Foley has been the winemaker since the inaugural vintage.
Purple in color. 15.7% ABV. Heady nose of black fruits, cassis liqueur, molten licorice and Whitman Sampler box. Full bodied with ample acidity. There is notable heat on the palate. Big, plush and hedonistic. Black cherries, currants, plums and chocolate on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Just a big Cabernet Sauvignon that might be a little too much for some. Drink in the near term. Best over the next 1-2 years.
My rating: 88 points.
Switchback Ridge wines are only available via their allocation list. The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon will be released this Fall. Fairly priced and always a pleasure to drink.