2005 Joseph Phelps - Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


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 Advocate | Rating: 94+

The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard (92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, and 3% Malbec) is backward and restrained, and like so many wines from this vintage, exhibits the cooler climate and European style of the Bordeaux varietals.

Drink Dates: 2012-2037
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 174

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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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Customer Reviews For This Wine


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: 96
Author: Ronn L
Trust Rating: 89
Tasted On: 06/28/2014
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Rating: 98
Author: NectarLover
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 11/03/2013

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Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 08/24/2012
Drink Dates: 2011-2017

Rating:
Author: KK and QB Wines
Trust Rating: 84
Tasted On: 04/25/2011
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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.

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