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.
Dark red in color. 15.7% ABV. Heady nose of dark fruits, scorched earth, molten licorice and chocolate. Big, plush and full bodied. The balance is fine but the wine has some Port like qualities. Black currants, cassis liqueur, black raspberry and smoke on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Big wine that paired well with steaks but not for the faint of heart. Best over the next year or so.
My rating: 89 points.
Switchback Ridge wines are only available via their allocation list. The 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon will be released this Fall. Fairly priced and always a pleasure to drink.