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2009 Switchback Ridge Merlot Peterson Family Vineyard Napa Valley
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88 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2012

Good bright medium ruby-red.  Slightly high-toned aromas of cherry pie and chocolate, with hints of rhubarb and damp earth.  Fat and sweet in the mouth, showing a slightly roasted character to its black cherry and blackberry flavors.  Finishes with huge, slightly drying tannins and a strong chocolatey character.

94 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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Merlot

Merlot enjoyed a surge in popularity in the 1990s as consumers suddenly discovered that they could enjoy aromas and flavors similar to those of Cabernet in a fleshier, softer wine with smoother tannins. A wave of Merlot plantings followed, frequently in soils and microclimates completely inappropriate for this variety, and the market was soon...
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