2014 Napa Valley Merlot

Peterson Family Vineyard

Incredibly bold and lush, this Merlot floods your palate with ripe black fruit, exotic spice, bittersweet cocoa and a hint of vanilla bean. The wine is intense and expressive and has a round and weighty mid-palate supported by velvety tannin structure and lively acidity that leads to a long lasting finish. -  Bob Foley, Winemaker

Dense and a touch brooding, with plenty of sanguinity to the powerful dark plum, black currant and dried blackberry flavors. Hints of mint and cream show on the suave finish. Drink now through 2022. - Kim Marcus, WineSpectator, November 30, 2017 - 91 points

Monty and Sara Preiser, The Preiser Column, February 26, 2018 - 99 points

Wine Profile

  • Composition: 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Harvest Dates: August 30 & 31
  • Alcohol: 15%
  • Length & Type of Aging: 16 months; 100% French Oak
  • Bottling Date: May 4-5, 2016
  • Number of Cases Produced: 1,078
  • Release Price: $58.00

2013 Switchback Ridge Merlot
Napa Valley, Peterson Family Vineyard

Wine Profile

  • Composition: 80% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petite Sirah
  • Harvest Dates: September 11 & 12
  • Alcohol: 15.5%
  • Length & Type of Aging: 16 months; 100% French Oak
  • Bottling Date: May 6-7, 2015
  • Number of Cases Produced: 776
  • Release Price: $58.00

A ripe and vibrant Merlot with red currant and cassis aromas leading to ripe berry and mocha flavors. Perfectly integrated and even across the palate with beautifully balanced fine tannins. A sweet, lush middle is lifted by bright acidity and gently gripping finish. -  Bob Foley, Winemaker

- American Fine Wine Competition, 2017 - GOLD MEDAL

2012 Switchback Ridge Merlot
Napa Valley, Peterson Family Vineyard

Wine Profile

  • Composition: 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Harvest Dates: October 1 & 2
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Length & Type of Aging: 16 months; 100% French Oak
  • Bottling Date: May 7-8, 2014
  • Number of Cases Produced: 1,180
  • Release Price: $58.00

A rich and powerful Merlot with dark cherries, blackberry compote and exotic spice. Juicy, ripe and lush on the palate, framed by ample tannin structure and a long elegant finish with a hint of chocolate and vanilla bean on the end. -  Bob Foley, Winemaker

eRobertParker.com #215, October 2014 - 95 points
One of Napa Valley's finest Merlots has long been Switchback Ridge's offering from Peterson Family Vineyard. No one will be disappointed in the sumptuous 2012 Merlot Peterson Family Vineyard. Its dense purple color is followed by aromas of chocolate, black currants and black cherries. This luscious, full, pedal-to-the-medal 2012 is a seamless, sensational Merlot that is about as good as this varietal can be in the Napa Valley. Drink it over the next decade or more. - Robert Parker

2011 Switchback Ridge Merlot
Napa Valley, Peterson Family Vineyard

Wine Profile

  • Composition: 80% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petite Sirah
  • Harvest Dates: September 30, October 1
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Length & Type of Aging: 16 months; 100% French Oak
  • Bottling Date: May 2, 2013
  • Number of Cases Produced: 960
  • Release Price: $56.00

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. -  Bob Foley, Winemaker

9 Winning Napa Merlots, Wine Spectator Tasting Highlights, July 28, 2014 (90 points)
Offers a sleek and fleshy texture, with black cherry and dusty herb aromas. The flavors are focused and somewhat tight at the core, presenting notes of red currant, bitter chocolate, cedar and mineral. - Tim Fish

2010 Switchback Ridge Merlot
Napa Valley, Peterson Family Vineyard

Wine Profile

  • Composition: 100% Merlot
  • Harvest Dates: October 6 & 7
  • Alcohol: 14.2%
  • Length & Type of Aging: 16 months; 100% French Oak
  • Bottling Date: May 3, 2012
  • Number of Cases Produced: 896
  • Release Price: $56.00

Aromas of pure, clean, ripe fruit reminiscent of blackberry and black currant. The mid-palate floods these flavors expansively with only a trace of soft tannin. Satin smooth in the finish, the black fruit flavors linger on and on. -  Bob Foley, Winemaker

Offers a dense core of minerally tannins, framed by rich black currant fruit and marked with accents of grilled herb, olive and spice. Hands off for now. Best from 2015 through 2020. - T.F., Wine Spectator, November 30, 2013, 90 points

2009 Switchback Ridge Merlot
Napa Valley, Peterson Family Vineyard

Wine Profile

  • Composition: 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Harvest Dates: September 17 & 19
  • Alcohol: 15.5%
  • Length & Type of Aging: 14-16 months; 100% French Oak
  • Bottling Date: May 25, 2011
  • Number of Cases Produced: 1,020
  • Release Price: $56.00

An adult Halloween candy bag! Loaded with blackberry, black cherry, espresso and mocha, with a sweet, massive mid-palate. Lush beyond belief! A Cabernet lover's Merlot. -  Bob Foley, Winemaker

Rich, layered and well-structured, with floral red currant aromas and complex flavors of black cherry, anise and toasty spice that lead to big but ripe tannins. Drink now through 2018. - T.F., Wine Spectator, July 11, 2012, 94 points (Top 100 Wines of 2012, #29)

2008 Switchback Ridge Merlot
Napa Valley, Peterson Family Vineyard

Wine Profile

  • Composition: 100% Merlot
  • Harvest Date: September 5
  • Alcohol: 15.5%
  • Length & Type of Aging: 16 months; 100% French Oak
  • Bottling Date: June 9, 2010
  • Number of Cases Produced: 620
  • Release Price: $56.00

Delicious raspberry and blackberry fruit. Sweet, rich mid-palate, with ripe fruit and espresso, leads to even, mouth-coating tannin. Densely packed and good grip in the finish. Very Cabernet-like. - Bob Foley, Winemaker

Sleek and supple, yet complex and intense, with fleshy black cherry and toasty mocha aromas that lead to flavors of Asian spice and red currant. The tannins are bold but ripe. Drink now through 2016. 620 cases made . - T.F., Wine Spectator, November 15, 2011, 92 points

One of the finest Merlots made in the Napa Valley is the 2008 Merlot Peterson Family Vineyard. Sumptuous aromas of sweet kirsch and blacker fruits along with coffee bean, chocolate and herb scents jump from the glass of this dark plum/ruby/purple-colored effort. This dense, silky textured, round, chewy Merlot can be enjoyed over the next 7-8 years. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #192, Dec. 2010, 90 points

2007 Switchback Ridge Merlot
Napa Valley, Peterson Family Vineyard

Wine Profile

  • Composition: 100% Merlot
  • Harvest Dates: September 6 & 9
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Length & Type of Aging: 16 months; 100% French Oak
  • Bottling Date: June 9, 2009
  • Number of Cases Produced: 1,128
  • Release Price: $56.00

Luscious, sleek and complex, with floral red currant and Asian spice aromas that lead to layered, concentrated flavors of black cherry, white pepper and sweet cinnamon oak. Drink now through 2016. - Tim Fish, Wine Spectator, July 19, 2010, 93 points

2006 Switchback Ridge Merlot
Napa Valley, Peterson Family Vineyard

Wine Profile

  • Composition: 100% Merlot
  • Harvest Date: October 2
  • Alcohol: 14.8%
  • Length & Type of Aging: 16 months; 100% French Oak
  • Bottling Date: June 11, 2008
  • Number of Cases Produced: 948
  • Release Price: $56.00

Big, round, ripe, rich mouthfeel, with ripe berry, cassis, mocha and chocolate flavors with a long Cab-like finish. - Bob Foley, Winemaker

Sleekly structured yet builds in intensity. Offers aromas of currant and mocha and rich, layered flavors of black cherry, exotic spice and toasty oak. Drink now through 2014. - Wine Spectator, August 2010, 92 points

Enormously rich and decadent, but supple. Shows a fat, fleshy mouthfeel framing lush flavors of black and red currants, cherry pie filling, mocha and cedar. There's a firm minerality and tannic backbone that provide structural balance. Drink now through 2010. - Wine Enthusiast, June 2009, 92 points

2005 Switchback Ridge Merlot
Napa Valley, Peterson Family Vineyard

Wine Profile

  • Composition: 100% Merlot
  • Harvest Date: October 1
  • Alcohol: 14.8%
  • Length & Type of Aging: 16 months; 100% French Oak
  • Bottling Date: June 2007
  • Number of Cases Produced: 1,257
  • Release Price: $54.00

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. Drink it over the next 7-8 years. - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, Issue #174, Dec. 2007, 93 points

Merlot - Switchback Ridge
“One of Napa Valley's finest Merlots has long been Switchback Ridge's offering from the Peterson Family Vineyard.” - Robert Parker
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