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2005 Joseph Phelps - Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard 750ml
2005 Joseph Phelps - Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard
USA - California - Napa - Oakville
Red / Cabernet Sauvignon
2005 Joseph Phelps - Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 138

($225) Cool but sweet aromas of medicinal black fruits, licorice, menthol and graphite; today this comes across as sweeter than the Insignia. Then massive and pliant for the year, showing a distinctly warmer character than the Insignia. With aeration, this exuded lovely inner-palate perfume, thanks to bright acidity, which gives lift to the fruit. But this very young wine finishes with substantial tannic clout.

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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 174

The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard (92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, and 3% Malbec) is backward and restrained, and like so many wines from this vintage, exhibits the cooler climate and European style of the Bordeaux varietals.

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Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Shows off a distinctive minty herbal character and is dry and firmly structured on the palate, with glimpses of red currant and black cherry peaking through. Yet this is tight, focused, concentrated and balanced, and once it's past this phase, it should provide plenty of excitement.

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Community Reviews


Ronn L Trust Rating: 89 Tasted On: 06/28/2014 Drink Dates:


NectarLover Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 11/03/2013

Anonymous Author Trust Rating: 93 Tasted On: 08/24/2012 Drink Dates: 2011-2017

KK and QB Wines Trust Rating: 84 Tasted On: 04/25/2011

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Bryon Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 05/09/2010 Drink Dates: 2010-2020

Still drinking big. Best after 30 minutes of breathing. Great flavors able to age for another 10 years.

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