2013 Switchback Ridge Napa Valley Petite Sirah
2013 Switchback Ridge Napa Valley Petite Sirah Intense boysenberry and black fruit extract with mouth-filling viscosity and vibrant natural acidity surrounds this 2013 wine. This massive beauty still retains expressive grace with a long, complex finish. 100% Petite Sirah. Peterson Family Vineyard, Calistoga, Napa. Winemaker: Robert Foley.
The inspiration to embark upon a family wine project first came to Kelly in 1995 with the death of her great aunt, Carrie. Auntie, as she was affectionately called, emphatically insisted that her old vine block of Petite Sirah, or “Pets” as she called them, “not be touched” when the property was replanted in 1990. At the time there was little respect or interest in Petite Sirah and total acreage in California was down to an all-time low of only 1,700 acres. After her death, there was a renewed interest in the variety and Kelly vowed to make a Petite Sirah varietal wine in her honor. That dream became a reality in 1999, with the help of family friend and winemaker Bob Foley, when Switchback Ridge produced its first vintage.
Switchback Ridge is named for the winding trails in the hills above the vineyard that John explored as a child. Today Kelly Peterson continues the legacy that began with her great-grandfather, Mads, nearly a hundred years ago.