2003 Switchback Ridge "Peterson Family Vineyard" Napa Valley Merlot

SKU #1031844 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2003 Merlot’s dark plum/purple color is followed by a big, chocolaty, espresso roast nose with blackberry and sweet cherry fruit, tremendous opulence, full body, and not a hard edge to be found.  (12/2005)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium red color. Candied, high-toned aromas of red berry liqueur and caramel. Concentrated and quite sweet but firm and a bit restrained at present, showing a medicinal licorice and mint character to go with its ripe berries. Not a particularly lush style of merlot, but the finish is sweet and the tannins ripe. Late note of vanillin oak  (6/2006)

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.

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