From a magnum. Decanted and drank over 90 minutes. Certainly showed best with the air. Deep plum layered with red fruit and spice. Has the depth of a Foley wine but does not seem hot in any way. This has a long life in front if it.
Very shy wine at first open, nose was afraid to show itself, in the mouth black raspberries, a hint of pepper and some vanilla, but wow, absolutely no tannins. On day two the nose did open up (somewhat) with a provincial spicebox and black cherries. It did develop a few more tertiary characteristics (more spices, some red pepper) but overall it stayed the same. It's still very young for ten plus years, and as with most Foley wines, borderline in over the top fruitiness. Really good pedigree on these grapes, without a doubt.
Wow, amazing. Our only bottle. Purchased from Margaux Singleton at Enoteca in Calistoga. And, will learn a lot more about Switchback Ridge. No flaws. No sediment. Mild rim variation. Wonderful nose. Dark, dark garnet and dark eggplant colors. Pours with the appearance of a Cabernet. Dark, dark berry nose. Some raspberry, espresso, and dark chocolate. Firm. Tight. Complex. No tannin. Low alcohol. Medium finish. Paired beautifully with smoked salmon and beet salad, with tomato caprese and burrata cheese salad, and mixed silver queen corn with purple hull (pink eye) peas. Just darn exceptional, and, probable deserves a 96. Perfectly drinkable, and, plenty of bottle life left. Here's a challenge: For those of you not rating this wine 95 or greater, think about it!
From magnum. My first experience with a Petite Sirah of this age and hopefully not the last. Dark and shiny purple in color, not unlike a young Cru Beaujolais. Big fruit flavors of blackberry and perhaps cassis, with plenty of tannins and acid. There's a bit of alcohol heat here as well, so the 14.8% on the label might be a bit understated. In this format there's at least 10 years of life left in the wine. Excellent!
Decanted for 1hr. Beautiful PS. Opulent but balanced w/good structure -has really evolved nicely over the years. Black fruit (boysenberry?)/chocolate/pepper. Enough tannins, acid and structure to age for at least for a few more years.
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