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Community Tasting Notes (75) Avg Score: 92.8 points

  • Deep purple. Hot, austere fruit bouquet. At first taste after opening bottle, thought it another over-extracted, high alcohol California wine. After an hour, it turned into a beauty with concentrated dark fruit, good mouth-feel and some complexity. Alcohol did not get in the way.

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  • Inky purple in color. 16.4% ABV. Chocolate, black fruits and melted licorice on the nose. Dense and full bodied with medium acidity. Blackberry liqueur, white pepper, black cherry and raisins on the palate. Chalky tannins on an exceptionally long finish. This is a very big wine so pick your spots wisely when opening. Drink over the next 5-7 years.

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  • big, lots of concentrated flavor with long finish, spice, good acidity, a powerhouse wine, Highly recommended

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  • I am with Tanzer on this--a big wine but not a great one. Deep dark purple with dark fruits and alcohol on the nose. Fruit, but nothing sweet on the palette with the alcohol first and the tannins dominating. A long but not particularly pleasing finish. I hope the cabs from the same year are better. As big as this wine started, it punked out by the third day and I tossed the last glass

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  • Wow. So so so big again. I mean, come on at 16.4% abv. Black as night. Blackberries, dark cocoa, cola and anise.
    Peppercorns and touches of bacon fat. Really just over the top. The palate shows low acid and so much fruit coupled with kinda mouth burning and absolutely teeth and throat staining richness. Not bashful and clearly they don't intend to be with this wine. I'm not sure if this will ever get any better, though it will absolutely taste like a (non oxidized) red wine for decades.
    For the money, I would spend my money on something else. There was a time when I may have enjoyed this more, and that may have been when I purchased a hand full of these Switchback Petite Sirahs. Now, however, they prove to be a bit too much in most situations.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2008, IWC Issue #138, (See more on Vinous...)

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