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1997 Joseph Phelps - Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard 750ml
1997 Joseph Phelps - Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard
USA - California - Napa - Oakville
Red / Cabernet Sauvignon
1997 Joseph Phelps - Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard
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Professional Reviews

IWC
92

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 90

Deep ruby. Tightly wrapped aromas of blackberry, cassis, mint and Valrhona chocolate. Sweet, layered and chewy in the mouth; shows distinctly more rustic texture and flavors than the Insignia. Impressively large structure. Finishes with big, chewy tannins and a hint of menthol. But the tannins are thoroughly ripe. A very strong vintage for this wine.

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WA
93

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 132

From a hillside overlooking the Oakville District, Phelps produces small quantities of their single vineyard Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, which is aged in 100% new French Taransaud oak. The sensational 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard is a muscular, highly-extracted, full-bodied effort that requires 3-4 years of cellaring. Although not very approachable, it displays great fruit intensity in its huge, thick, viscous flavors redolent with black currants, new saddle leather, spice box, and toasty oak. Long, powerful, and intense, it exhibits both sweet tannin and immense concentration.

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WS
96

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Deliciously rich, ripe, smooth and polished, with dense tiers of currant, mocha, black cherry, plum, spice and cedar flavors. Turns silky-smooth and chocolaty on the finish. 800 cases made.

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