2004 Joseph Phelps - Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard, from a steep hillside site in the low end of the Vaca mountains, across from Rudd Vineyards and Screaming Eagle, boasts an inky/purple color along with remarkably sweet tannins, especially for Backus, which tends to be a forbiddingly backward style of Cabernet. It possesses broad, expansive flavors, an opulent, full-bodied palate and unreal length. One of the superstars of the vintage, it can be enjoyed over the next 20 years.

Drink Dates: 2014-2034
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 212

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

($225) Deep ruby. Inviting nose combines black cherry, licorice, tar, mocha and lead pencil. Lush, silky and compellingly sweet, with harmonious acidity for the year. Classic currant and cedar flavors are broad and thoroughly ripe without going over the top. Huge but shapely wine, finishing with captivating sweetness and noble tannins. A great vintage for this property. This was bottled in December of 2006, a bit earlier than recent vintages and obviously a good idea.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 132

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

A deep, rich, profound Cabernet, with ripe, plush currant, black cherry and ripe plum fruit that's well-focused, supple and harmonious. This is intense and powerful, yet elegant and refined, with amazing structure, depth and length. 1,500 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2008-2017
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: David Jones
Tasted On: 03/26/2009
Inky in color. Low rim variation. Slow legs.

Rating: 100
Author: tommy
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 12/29/2013

Rating: 97
Author: Ronn L
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 03/29/2015
Drink Dates:

Rating: 93
Author: Bryon
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 07/29/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2014
Nice body and color. After 20 minutes of breathing the wine was soft. Flavors of berries and earth tones from start to finish. Very nice drink, drinking at its prime now but will last a few more years.

Average rating: 95, based on 7 reviews
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1505 bottles owned by 365 collectors.

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About This Producer


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.

Wine Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon


Cabernet Sauvignon is perhaps the world's best known red variety, with its full-bodied, intense profile. An offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, it is the primary grape of Bordeaux's Left Bank (Medoc and Graves regions) and the Napa Valley, but can be found growing all over the world. Typical descriptors for Cabernet Sauvignon are cassis, cedar, mint, black pepper, eucalyptus, and pencil lead.

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