Switchback Ridge

Peterson Family Vineyard Merlot

9.324 ratings
9.211 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Merlot
Beef, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, Exotic Spices, Lamb, White Rice, Baking Spices, Herbs, Pasta, Chicken, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Pork, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Carl Fischer

The best merlot coming out of Napa? Hard to say, but definitely in the top three for me (Paloma, Hourglass and this). So much fruit wrapped in a silky package (@Bill Bender don’t go there). Hedonistic, but still so balanced. And an ‘11 to boot. This followed two exceptional wines and held its own.

The best merlot coming out of Napa? Hard to say, but definitely in the top three for me (Paloma, Hourglass and this). So much fruit wrapped in a silky package (@Bill Bender don’t go there). Hedonistic, but still so balanced. And an ‘11 to boot. This followed two exceptional wines and held its own.

Dec 10th, 2017
Ryan Carey

Founder Wine Confidential

9.4

This is a 2011?! Wow, Switchback Ridge certainly didn't have a problem with their fruit in '11. I often shy from this vintage, but this is a wine worth seeking out.

This is a 2011?! Wow, Switchback Ridge certainly didn't have a problem with their fruit in '11. I often shy from this vintage, but this is a wine worth seeking out.

Oct 28th, 2015
William Feinstein

Napa merlot at its best. Notes of blackberry, smoked meat and a hint of eucalyptus rise from the glass. Dark and brooding in the glass. Earthy tones, dark chocolate, hoisin and black tea on the palate. Great wine in a tougher year shows the skill of the winemaker and quality of the vineyard. 11s aren’t blockbusters but great winemakers made balanced wines.

Napa merlot at its best. Notes of blackberry, smoked meat and a hint of eucalyptus rise from the glass. Dark and brooding in the glass. Earthy tones, dark chocolate, hoisin and black tea on the palate. Great wine in a tougher year shows the skill of the winemaker and quality of the vineyard. 11s aren’t blockbusters but great winemakers made balanced wines.

Aug 1st, 2020
Jody Scharf

Ready now. More jammy. Nice spice. I'm loving it.

Ready now. More jammy. Nice spice. I'm loving it.

Feb 3rd, 2019
Kevin Blix

Still going strong. Showing some fading but after an hour it really developed into an easy drinking wine.

Still going strong. Showing some fading but after an hour it really developed into an easy drinking wine.

Dec 17th, 2018
Peter Heidt

...this was nice. Lot o’fruit jumping out this bottle. Michaels Ave. R BROOKLYN...

...this was nice. Lot o’fruit jumping out this bottle. Michaels Ave. R BROOKLYN...

Jul 28th, 2018
Jody Scharf

Carl @Carl Fischer again you're the man. Bought this on your recommendation. Can't imagine much better. Thank you. So deliciousy delicious Deliciousness.

Carl @Carl Fischer again you're the man. Bought this on your recommendation. Can't imagine much better. Thank you. So deliciousy delicious Deliciousness.

Jan 6th, 2018
Jeff Wheatley

Outstanding Merlot! Small distribution and great value.

Outstanding Merlot! Small distribution and great value.

Sep 9th, 2014
Chris Opdyke

Chris had this 3 years ago

Chris had this 3 years ago

Mar 31st, 2017
Chris Opdyke

Chris had this 4 years ago

Chris had this 4 years ago

Jul 8th, 2016