Really “ONE OF THE BEST” UNDER $100 Napa Cabernets

It started in 1914 when Eliza & Mads Peterson purchased a 100-acre property in the Napa Valley. It hosted a small Zinfandel vineyard, but with the onset of Prohibition in 1920, prunes became the cash crop. It remained an orchard, large vegetable garden and also hosted numerous farm animals.  Not until the 1990s was the orchard replaced by vines again. The current Peterson generation has been growing Petite Sirah, Cabernet and Merlot on the property. Under the guidance of ace-winemaker Robert Foley, the Petersons have been producing amazing wine from the property called “Switchback Ridge” named for the winding trails in the hills above the vineyard. Today Kelly Peterson continues the legacy that began with her great-grandfather, Mads 105 years ago.  Her daughter Ashley is being groomed to take over the reins one of these days as well.

2018 Vintage Notes by Robert Foley & Kelly Peterson:

Switchback Ridge’s 20th Anniversary Vintage! The 2018 vintage has been referred to as an epic “Goldilocks vintage”, with the growing season being compared to that of 2012–a year many vintners and winemakers consider the benchmark for both quality and quantity. The growing season began in February with abundant rainfall, allowing plenty of water to be readily available throughout the spring.    Summer was “not too hot and not too cool, but just right”, without any significant weather events or heat spikes to report.    We experienced an extended fall season    with moderate    heat, which resulted in longer hang time that allowed the fruit to fully develop and accumulate optimal flavor complexity. The fruit was some of our best to date and the resulting 2018 wines are spectacular!    They are rich and dense with incredible color and texture.They are beautifully balanced and complex, yet they are delightfully bright and elegant.    

2018 Switchback Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Peterson Family Vineyard
GGWC 99.99
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Intense dark fruit aromas of black cherry and black currant indicate the ripeness and purity of this beautiful Cabernet. Full-bodied, stunningly concentrated and powerful, yet still elegant and seamless The structural framework is sturdy, while tannin grips very gently, carrying the fruit flavors with a trace of vanilla into a long, graceful finish. 

Winemaker Notes: A rich, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with captivating aromas of blackberry, black cherry and dark currant.  These flavors continue onto the palate    with just a trace of cocoa vanilla and deliver a mouth-coating explosion of flavor! The tannins are abundant, yet chewy and ripe, and resolve in a long, elegant finish.

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