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. Intoxicating nose of black and blue fruits, Whitman Sampler box and eucalyptus. Full bodied and plush with copious, rich fruits in spades. You would be hard pressed to know this wine is 17 years of age. Blackberry, blueberry liqueur, black currants and chocolate truffle on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. I liked this bottle better than a bottle a year or so ago. The bottom line here is you have to know this wine is big and heady and open it when the setting is right. This was my last ’04 and I am happy to move on to other vintages of Switchback Ridge. Drink over the next 3-5 years.
My rating: 91 points.
Switchback Ridge wines are only available via their allocation list. The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon will be released this Fall. Fairly priced and always a pleasure to drink.