Switchback Ridge

Tabula Rasa
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon

2023 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 27 | Lot No. 124
Vintage: 2021

Switchback Ridge

Tabula Rasa

Cabernet Sauvignon

5 cases produced


  • Single-vineyard, estate grown wine from the Peterson Family Vineyard in the Calistoga nested appellation
  • Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a dash of Petite Sirah from a historic block that was planted in 1956
  • Barrel selection aging 20 months in 100% French oak, bottled unfined and unfiltered
  • Your wine is crafted from Thomas Rivers Brown’s first vintage with Switchback Ridge


For the first time in a decade, Switchback Ridge returns to Premiere Napa Valley with an all new vineyard management and winemaking team. The 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon is the first vintage farmed by Matt Hardin and handcrafted by Thomas Rivers Brown. Your wine is an intensely concentrated, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon, blended with Merlot and a splash of Old Vine Petite Sirah from the Peterson family’s vineyard in Calistoga.

Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced

Thomas Rivers Brown

Winemaker, Switchback Ridge

Winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown

Thomas grew up in Sumter, South Carolina, developing an interest in wine while attending the University of Virginia. After graduating, he moved to the Napa Valley and began working at a wine shop in Calistoga where he continued to immerse himself in the wine world. In 1997 he landed his first winemaking job at Turley Cellars which marked the beginning of his illustrious career. He has since become one of the most influential winemakers in the country. He was Food & Wine Magazine’s “Winemaker of the Year” in 2010 and has earned more than twenty-five 100-point scores from Robert Parker and Wine Spectator combined. Thomas is the talent behind some of Napa Valley’s most prestigious wine projects, including his own Rivers-Marie. He is known for his high-end Cabernets and takes a minimalist approach to winemaking allowing a vineyard’s unique terroir to shine. We are thrilled to be working with this superstar winemaker, fellow Calistogan, and all around great guy. The future of Switchback Ridge is in great hands!

Country born: United States

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Winery Distribution

Switchback Ridge is distributed in the following markets. Please contact the winery directly for the most up-to-date distribution information and to explore commercial opportunities.

Switchback Ridge Contact: Kelly Peterson

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