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2008 Joseph Phelps - Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 97 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 56204-2008-1500-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    (this wine and the 2009 version are 100% cabernet sauvignon, as Joseph Phelps is replanting some petit verdot and malbec): Bright ruby. Aromas of blueberry, crushed stone, licorice and violet. Very tight and energetic, with dark berry flavors complicated by meaty, smoky and saline nuances. Ultimately creamier than the Insignia, this saturates the entire mouth and leaves the taste buds vibrating. Finishes with major tongue-coating tannins, superb persistence and captivating minerality.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2011
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Firm and intense, this is beautifully structured, with a tight, vivid core of mineral-laced raspberry, black cherry, anise and cedar flavors. Full-bodied and firming nicely on the finish, where the minerality provides a flinty edge.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus is a beautifully delineated wine endowed with tons of personality and sheer class. The wine comes alive in the glass, with crushed rose petals, dark raspberry jam, licorice and spices. There is an exotic element to the fruit that is highly appealing. Today the tannins are quite firm, suggesting the wine needs at least a few more years in the cellar. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2038.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Author: NectarLover
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Beautiful blueberry vanilla with a nice minerality around it. Velvet tannins that fill the whole mouth with a lengthy finish
    Drink Dates: 2015-2035
    Author: flwine
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Very good. Not aggressively fruit forward - restrained and elegant, but with excellent flavors.
    Author: Jeffrey M989
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

  • 380 bottles owned
  • 87 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 87 collectors)