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2009 Joseph Phelps - Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard 750ml
2009 Joseph Phelps - Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard
USA - California - Napa - Oakville
Red / Cabernet Sauvignon
2009 Joseph Phelps - Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard
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Professional Reviews

IWC
93

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 162

Saturated medium ruby. Deep aromas of cassis, mocha, chocolate and nutty oak, plus an almost porty whiff of kirsch . Lush, sweet and flamboyantly ripe, offering outstanding density to its dark berry, leather and nutty oak flavors. Large-scaled and powerful wine, and a bit more accessible in the early going than some recent vintages of this bottling. Finishes with huge tongue-dusting, chewy tannins and compelling chocolatey richness, but there's nothing hard about this very broad yet sharply delineated wine. With 24 hours in the recorked bottle, this cabernet showed considerably more energy on the nose and in the mouth, with very fresh flavors of crushed black fruits and minerals taking over. (A sample I tasted a month earlier at the winery was dominated by its forbidding tannins, and winemaker Damian Parker told me it has been very tightly wrapped from the start. But the high quality of the 2009 Backus was obvious from my latest sample, even if it should be held in the cellar for at least six to eight years.)

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WA
94+

Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni Issue: 204

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard is very nicely balanced from start to finish. In this vintage, the Backus isn't as overtly ripe as it can be. Hints of tobacco, crushed flowers, new leather and spices add complexity to the inky black fruit. Firm, powerful tannins suggest it will be years before the 2009 is ready to provide maximum pleasure. From time to time, the wine's inner perfume and expressive black fruit show a glimpse of their potential, but the 2009 is a wine that begs for cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2029.

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