Blackberry and cedar aromas give way to a palate dominated by berries, black tea, and a touch of licorice. Lots of cedar and anise in the aftertaste. Best with food (think steak or something using lots of rosemary). This is a big, bold Cab in the full-bore Napa style, with no apologies and no holds barred. Not a wine for everyday drinking, but with the right food or for the right occasion it delivers.
Tasted non blind. Opened and decanted about 90 minutes before serving. Followed over the next hour.
Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of lavender, currants and black berries. Flavors of currants, black berries and plums. Medium acidity, medium to firm tannins, full bodied. Drink or hold. No rush.
Pop/pour. An alluring nose that initially reminds me a lot of Creed's men's cologne - Bois du Portugal. After it opens up a bit - cab fruits with a bit of a port note, backdropped by elegant woods and a slightly sour note. On the palate, big, oaked but with a definite cedar box undertone. Some cassis lurking underneath. In the background, an acidity that's somewhat olive in character. Very long finish, with some light tannins (at least early on). With one more bottle left, I think I'll try to hide it away until 2017 at a minimum. It's not that I think this has a ton of structure, but rather think it's just going to take some time to settle in and integrate what today seem like good raw materials, if presented as separate components. If this does come together, it could be really outstanding. If not, as a previous reviewer suggested, it could be a mess. I'll take the gamble and hide away the last bottle. Though, at 15.7%, that might be a risk.
Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of Briar patch blueberries, currants, black berries and white pepper. Flavors of black cherries, black berries, black currants and dark plums. Medium acidity, firm tannins, full bodied. Drink now with plenty of air or continue to hold. Big, young wine.
WHile others liked this one better, I would have to call it a disappointment compared to the first bottle I drank over three years ago. Too much oak and too much heat. The fruit, spices and complexity were missing. Unlikely to age well - drink what you have now!
Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Revisited about 3 hours later.
Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, fairly clear looking throughout. Nose of white pepper, black berries, black cherries, currants and dried herbs. Flavors of currants, black cherries and black berries. Medium acidity, medium to firm tannins, full bodied. Drink now with some air or continue to hold. No rush.
A poor vintage for Switchback. Medium bodied, dark purple with gray hues. There is a definite mineral/lead flavor that has taken over the wine, much like oak in most Silver Oaks. A decent wine but not worth $70. If I had tasted blind I would of marked it as a $40 bottle. Disappointed that I have 5 more in the cellar. Will pair with some bold foods in the future and believe it will help the wine tremendously. I bet if I had this with a nice t-bone, I wouldn't of been dominated by the lead and the rating would be in the 92-94 range.
15.7% alcohol. decanted 2 hours, drunk over 2 hours. thick and lip puckering tannin. black licorice, too much oak. not a fan, in general, of the 04 napa cabs. i'm not prejudicially against high alcohol, but this is an example of too much hang time/over extraction. the quality of the fruit and the wine team gives all it can, but this is kind of a dud, all things considered. i see little hope of a magical transformation with more age.
Big lush dark fruit flavors dominated the experience but picked up some tobacco and eucalyptus on the nose that I struggled with a little...just a personal bias. My impressions and rating may be slightly inhibited by the other excellent wines (1997 Shafer & 2006 Schrader GIII Cabs) that we consumed around it. Overall found it to be very good and look forward to another experience when this wine is the focal point of the evening.
This is a big, ultra-ripe, full bodied cab. The term muscular may begin to describe it. It reminds me of SBR petite sirah and is almost port-like. With decanting, it began to open up and the rather substantial alcohol seemed to moderate. Espresso, pomegranate, eucalyptus, and dust on the nose. The finish is a long, with blackberry and cocoa dominating.
Jumped the gun on this yet again. Decanted for 3 hours but still a beast. Steak tamed it a bit but should hav egiven this a few more years. Surprised by all the high scores as I really didnt feel this wine was accessible yet.
Like other comments, this one needs patience. Drank after 30 minutes of decanting, and should have let it sit two hours. I will TRY not to have the next bottle for two years; it will be hard! Nice mocha and semisweet chocolate; fruit of dark berries in the finish with a subtle amount of smoke and spices. Great wine.
Blind. Dusty cocoa powder I get on every Switchback. Rich and concentrated. Dark berry melange with some coffee bean and dark chocolate. Lavish oak, credible medium+ tanninc structure. Big and rich and delicious. A hair below the Merlot, but I still love it. Richer than the 03.
young, tannic, oaked, and delicious. hold for 5-8 years past vintage. will it age? i'm not confident, so enjoy it for what it is... a fabulously endowed wine with plenty of short term hedonistic pleasure.
Tight, Young beautiful cab that needs some time to have its structure firm up. Huge Jammy nose of sweet maple, currants, cherry and spice. Have to get past the alcohol on the nose on this one, but below it the flavors are gorgeous. Upon entry the wine is slow to open on the palate, but has a plum/cherry characteristic that is wound around a tight beam of oak and spice. As it finishes there develops espresso, caramel, and dark chocolate. - Chanterelle TriBecca
Just arrived on Tuesday. Took to dinner at Andina on Tuesday. Decanted. Was good from the start, but showed its best after about 45-60 minutes. The wine needs time to integrate better and of course there could be some bottle shock variation. Definitely has promise. Easily 90-92, but will try in 4-6 months.