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2005 Switchback Ridge - Merlot Peterson Family Vineyard Merlot - USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley - Red

USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley

Red Merlot
Producer Notes

Switchback Ridge produces handcrafted estate wines sourced exclusively from the Peterson Family Vineyard in Calistoga. The property has been in the Peterson family since 1914 and encompasses nearly 100 acres located at the mouth of Dutch Henry Canyon. For over 75 years the property was primarily maintained as a farm and plum orchard, with vines intermingled amongst the trees. In 1990, the... More »

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92
WS 91
IWC 88
WA 93
Drink Dates
WA: 2007-2015 WS: 2008-2012
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IWC 88
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 138

($56) Good full ruby-red. Musky, rather sauvage aromas of mocha, leather, chocolate, iris and sweet oak, plus a whiff of fennel. Supple, sweet and thick with dark berry fruit, but the leather, smoked meat and band-aid notes may put off some tasters. Finishes with suave, smooth tannins and suggestions of exotic fruits. Distinctly wild merlot.

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WA 93
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 174
Drink Dates 2007-2015

The 2005 Merlot Peterson Family Vineyard will easily convince skeptics that good Merlot can be voluptuous and sexy. Its dense purple color is followed by notes of black cherry jam interwoven with chocolate fudge, espresso, and toasty oak. Succulent and fleshy, it is all that a California Merlot should be.

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WS 91
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2008-2012

Offers fragrant plum and cassis aromas, with rich, ripe and supple flavors that show accents of white pepper, Asian spice and toasty oak. Builds depth and intensity on the finish.

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Author Hal1
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.57%
Tasted On 04/28/2013
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Author Michael3049
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Tasted On 01/30/2009

Outstanding, fruit galore and chocolate

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