2005 Joseph Phelps - Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


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.

Drink Dates: 2015-2045
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 219

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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: Issue 138

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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.

Drink Dates: 2011-2017
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 08/24/2012
Drink Dates: 2011-2017

Rating: 98
Author: NectarLover
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 11/03/2013

Rating: 94
Author: Ronn L
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 06/28/2015
Drink Dates:

Rating: 92
Author: Bryon
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/05/2015
Drink Dates: 2015-2016
Caymus 2007 Napa and Back us 2005 with Christmas Dinner. Both are holding up well - good body, clarity and color. We drank the Caymus first which was dry with light fruit from start to finish. The backus was a little more round and had a deeper dark fruit content. Both very enjoyable.

Rating: 90
Author: craigechols
Tasted On: 05/11/2015

Average rating: 93, based on 8 reviews
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1361 bottles owned by 354 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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