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2005 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard

  • 96 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon

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SKU: 56204-2005-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($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.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    From a steep hillside vineyard on the lower slopes of the Vaca Mountains in Oakville emerges the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard, which is a blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec. This is a deeper, more primordial, richer and more masculine style of wine than the Insignia. The 2005 reveals surprisingly sweet tannin (tannin management can be an issue in certain vintages), gorgeously dark blackberry and cassis fruit, a hint of Graves-like scorched earth and volcanic undertones, and a full-bodied, powerful, concentrated, multi-layered mouthfeel. This is extremely youthful, has 14.6% natural alcohol, and seems set for another 30 years of evolution.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    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.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 4

    Author: craigechols
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Ronn L
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Author: NectarLover
  • Anonymous | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2011-2017
    Author: CCrea
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Explosive nose and palate. Beautiful depth of flavor. Long finish. Cherry, blackberry, currants, plum. It's all there.
    Author: Hal
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Interesting fun nose, very powerful. Very nice but somehow lacks a little power on palate and finish. $225
    Author: WineRyan
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Thanksgiving dinner was a great wine night. SO Napa 1992, Shoket 2003 and Phelps Backus 2005. All wines were in good shape. Amazing Justin Meyer wine was still drinking well. Obviously not as complex as once was but good body, color and clarity. The fruit was still there, pleasant and enjoyable. Teh Showket had a little bit more to offer and the Backus was drinking really well.
    Drink Dates: 2015-2017
    Author: Bryon
  • Self | Rating:

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    Author: KK and QB Wines
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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 741 bottles owned
  • 148 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 148 collectors)