More Vintages and Sizes of Joseph Phelps - Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard:
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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Author: Robert Parker
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.
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.
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 11/03/2013
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 08/24/2012
Drink Dates: 2011-2017
KK and QB Wines
Trust Rating: 84
Tasted On: 04/25/2011
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.
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 03/06/2009
Interesting fun nose, very powerful. Very nice but somehow lacks a little power on palate and finish. $225
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