Switchback Ridge Peterson Family Vineyard Merlot 2011 Front Label
Switchback Ridge Peterson Family Vineyard Merlot 2011 Front Label

Switchback Ridge Peterson Family Vineyard Merlot 2011

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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750ML / 14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

A rich and layered Merlot with gorgeous Asian spice aromas that lead to lush, ripe flavors of bing cherries, black cassis and a hint of mocha. Full, sweet fruit on the mid-palate is framed by soft, silky tannins, resolving in a long, lingering finish.

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(14.5% alcohol; blended with 18% cabernet sauvignon and 2% petite sirah; this fruit was picked at 26 degrees Brix, six days earlier than in 2010, on September 30 and October 1): Bright red. Vibrant aromas of cassis, blackberry and licorice. Silky and juicy, with briary dark berry and bitter chocolate flavors framed and lifted by nicely integrated acidity. Finishes with serious oak tannins and excellent length. Offers a lovely balance of ripeness and freshness.
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Switchback Ridge, California
Switchback Ridge Wines are 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 orchards were replanted to vineyard, where there are currently 18 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Sirah vines, in addition to a three acre 50+ year old Petite Sirah block that John Peterson helped plant as a child.
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Undoubtedly proving its merit over and over, Napa Valley is a now a leading force in the world of prestigious red wine regions. Though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates Napa Valley, other red varieties certainly thrive here. Important but often overlooked include Merlot and other Bordeaux varieties well-regarded on their own as well as for their blending capacities. Very old vine Zinfandel represents an important historical stronghold for the region and Pinot noir is produced in the cooler southern parts, close to the San Pablo Bay.

Perfectly situated running north to south, the valley acts as a corridor, pulling cool, moist air up from the San Pablo Bay in the evenings during the hot days of the growing season, which leads to even and slow grape ripening. Furthermore the valley claims over 100 soil variations including layers of volcanic, gravel, sand and silt—a combination excellent for world-class red wine production.

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