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2009 Switchback Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Peterson Family Vineyard Napa Valley
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2012

(15.5% alcohol, from a blend of clones 337 and 7):  Bright ruby-red.  Wild aromas of raspberry, blackberry, leather, licorice, smoke and game.  Lush and large-scaled, with a slightly liqueur-like quality to the black raspberry and creamy oak flavors.  Finishes with big but ripe tannins and a lingering chocolate liqueur flavor.  The rather muscular clone 7 tannins are always slow to evolve, notes winemaker Bob Foley.  Still a bit reduced today and worth following.  (My sample of the Petite Sirah was distinctly porty and too chocolatey-hot for me.)

92 Points | Wine Spectator

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About Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles...
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