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2012 Joseph Phelps - Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 95 WA
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 56204-2012-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    Deep ruby. Black raspberry, licorice and exotic tropical dark chocolate on the nose. More youthfully imploded and less generous than the 2011 version, but shows terrific energy and lift to the dark berry, floral and dark chocolate flavors. Nicely integrated acidity and serious ripe tannins give this very deep wine the balance and structural underpinning for a graceful evolution in bottle. But it will need at least four or five years of bottle aging to express itself.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2014
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The Cabernet Sauvignon Backus is their single-vineyard wine made on the lower hillsides of the Vaca Mountains at the Oakville crossroads. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus, a blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot, spent 24 months in 100% new French oak. There are 2,900 cases of this massive wine, which is certainly the most backstrapping, highly extracted, muscular Cabernet in the Phelps portfolio. It is inky bluish purple to the rim, showing notes of underbrush, dusty soil notes and plenty of blackberry and blueberry fruit. An elegant and relatively large production for this vineyard, the 2012 is a beauty and the tannins are surprisingly civilized for such a young Backus. It can be drunk in 3-4 years, but will keep 30 or more.
    Author: Robert Parker
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    Author: Dunphy Gregory
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.

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 269 bottles owned
  • 67 collectors