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Author: Robert Parker
The stunning 1992 Cabernet Sauvignons include the less minty, but opulent, rich, full-bodied, highly-concentrated, creamy-textured 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard. Long known for its minty, chocolate-scented nose, the 1992 displays plenty of cassis and chocolate, but less mint than usual. It can be drunk young and cellared for 15-20 years.
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Author: James Laube
Seems to be drying out and lacking fruit concentration, with mature earth, anise, cedar, green olive, currant and pencil lead flavors preceding very dry, chewy tannins.--'92 California Cabernet retrospective
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 10/31/2008
Bottle was corked. I love Phelps Backus but I'm finding that older bottles that are still drinkable are very hard to find. Storage seems to be an issue and brokers will sell it no matter the quality.
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/01/2005
Drink Dates: 2005-2015
A brilliant medium garnet with thin, clear legs ? the color really is quite remarkable and shows little evidence of aging. An entrancing perfume of chocolate, a bit of sandalwood, cherry, light well-crafted oak, sweet herbs, and almost exotic toasted coconut (not sweet but savory coconut rather like coconut milk as used in Southeastern cuisine). Velvety with gossamer tannin and completely integrated acidity. Backus is a hillside vineyard located east of the Silverado Trail and south of Oakville Cross Road. When this wine was made the Backus Vineyard had about seven acres of Cabernet under vine. (The planted acreage substantially increased after 1996 when Phelps bought the vineyard.) 96% Cabernet and 4% Merlot (the Merlot was not from Backus) that was aged for 25 months in French oak. Seemingly ageless, this wine can be drunk now with great pleasure or held for up to another decade.
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