COLOR: dark ruby but thins out to a very pale pink, almost white at the edges
TASTE: shockingly acidic (and not in a good way). I thought my taste buds must be off, so I got out a litmus strip and tested . . . PH = 3 ! I'm used to that in a white but was surprised to find this in a red of "reasonable age."
Medium body. Dark red berries; minor chocolate notes and I think I'm stretching my notes with that comment but there's something subtle in the background. Very slight oak so guessing this was aged in previously used oak (American?) barrels. Surprisingly tannic in an unpleasant way. High alcohol taste with minimal finish other than the lingering tannins.
Rating in the mid 80s . . . I have a few bottles left that I think I will be gifting to friends! This was a bit of a bummer. Switchback has some good value Cabs which I enjoy, but I'm not going to be purchasing any more of their Merlot (a grape I typically enjoy)