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.
Opaque purple in color. 16.5% ABV. Heady nose of blue and black fruits, molten licorice and Whitman Sampler box. Full bodied with plenty of acidity. Immense and concentrated. The balance is impressive. Blueberry, blackberry liqueur, iron and chocolate on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long. You have to know you audience when you serve a wine like this but I am absolutely a fan. Best over the next 8-10 years.
My rating: 94 points.
Switchback Ridge wines are only available via their allocation list. The 2018 Petite Sirah was recently released by the winery. Fairly priced and always a treat to drink.