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 sales, marketing and hospitality functions. Thomas Rivers Brown is making the wines.
Purple in color. 15.5% ABV. Sublime nose of black fruits, scorched earth, molten licorice and Whitman Sampler box. Not as big as I expected but that is a good thing here. There is ample tannin, structure and acidity to balance the copious, plush fruits. Black currants, cassis liqueur and dark chocolate on the palate. The finish is long with prominent, gritty tannins. The wine is in a good spot now and will drink best over the next 3-4 years.
My rating: 92 points.
Switchback Ridge wines are only available via their allocation list. The 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon will be next year. Fairly priced and always a pleasure to drink.