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.
Switchback Ridge 2018 Estate Petite Sirah, Napa Valley
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This might be the BEST Petite Sirah to come from the Napa Valley in decades. The wine offers up a very dark blue/purple color, almost crude oil-like. On the nose you’ll encounter gorgeous aromas of black stone fruit, dark chocolate, espresso bean and a hint of minerality. On the palate this lush, full-bodied gem offers bright, bold yet extremely well-balanced fruit. Very opulent, yet extremely well-refined, this youngster can be enjoyed now, but will be able to cellar for a good 10-15 years. LIMITED PRODUCTION!
Winemaker Notes: “An immensely dark and delicious wine that instantly floods the senses with aromas of classic berry pie, candied fruit, and a kiss of briar. The palate is thick and rich, boasting decadent black fruit flavors that coat the entire tongue like peanut butter! The tannins are bold and gripping, yet surprisingly soft and silky for a wine of its stature”
Also check out these other Switchback Gems:
SWITCHBACK RIDGE 2018 CABERNET “ESTATE” NAPA VALLEY
SWITCHBACK RIDGE 2018 MERLOT “ESTATE” NAPA VALLEY