1997 Joseph Phelps - Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard 750ml

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1997 Joseph Phelps - Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard
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International Wine Cellar | 92

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.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 90

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Wine Advocate | 93

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.

Drink Dates: 2004-2025
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 132

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Wine Spectator | 96

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.

Drink Dates: 2003-2014
Author: James Laube


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More Vintages and Sizes of Joseph Phelps - Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard:

2009 (750ml)
1990 (750ml)

About This Producer


Since its founding in 1972, Joseph Phelps Vineyards has been on the cutting edge of many California wine developments. From the Bordeaux-blend Insignia, first made in 1974 and Wine Spectator's wine of the year for the 2002 vintage; to the resurrection of California Syrah, also first produced in 1974, the winery has earned critical acclaim for its many estate-grown wines.

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