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2006 Joseph Phelps - Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard 750ml
2006 Joseph Phelps - Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard
USA - California - Napa - Oakville
Red / Cabernet Sauvignon
2006 Joseph Phelps - Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard
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Professional Reviews

IWC
92(+?)

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 144

($250; bottled in January of '09) Bright ruby. Superripe aromas of cassis, graphite and mint. Sweeter and more aromatic in the mouth than the Insignia, showing a finer-grained texture and more early finesse. A rocky character and enticing violet perfume lift the middle palate, but the substantial tannins currently cut off the wine's finishing fruit. This will need patience.

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WA
94+

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 186

The single vineyard 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard from the Oakville Corridor is a monster. A 1,100-case blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec, it is bursting with aromas of charcoal, scorched earth, barbecue smoke, lead pencil shavings, graphite, cassis, blackberries, and oak. Dense purple to the rim and very closed, this is a big, muscular, full-bodied effort meant for serious long-term aging. Its potential is extraordinary, but I wouldn't want to touch a bottle for 5-8 years. It should last for three decades or more.

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Community Reviews

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

Wooden box

87

Jeffrey M989 Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 12/17/2010

Unfortunately for Phelps, Laube nailed the rating on this one. Nice enough flavors, but not the depth or complexity we would expect from a $200 bottle of Backus. I will wait another year or two before I open my last bottle.

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