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 crimson in color. 14.5% ABV. Decadent nose of blue and black fruits, molten licorice and Whitman Sampler box. Big, rich and full bodied. Well balanced and fruit forward. Blueberries, cassis liqueur, milk chocolate and smoke on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long with the silkiest of tannins. Tremendous Merlot that always delivers in a very modern style. Best over the next 4-6 years.
My rating: 93 points.
Switchback Ridge wines are only available via their allocation list. The 2017 Merlot was released earlier this Fall for about $75. This is one of the very best domestic Merlot’s and is worth the search.