2006 Joseph Phelps - Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard 750ml

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IWC 92(+?)   WA 94+   Customer 90
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92(+?)

($250; bottled in January of '09) Bright ruby. Superripe aromas of cassis, graphite and mint. Sweeter and more aromatic in the mouth than the Insignia, showing a finer-grained texture and more early finesse. A rocky character and enticing violet perfume lift the middle palate, but the substantial tannins currently cut off the wine's finishing fruit. This will need patience.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 144

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 94+

The single vineyard 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard from the Oakville Corridor is a monster. A 1,100-case blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec, it is bursting with aromas of charcoal, scorched earth, barbecue smoke, lead pencil shavings, graphite, cassis, blackberries, and oak. Dense purple to the rim and very closed, this is a big, muscular, full-bodied effort meant for serious long-term aging. Its potential is extraordinary, but I wouldn't want to touch a bottle for 5-8 years. It should last for three decades or more.

Drink Dates: 2014-2044
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 186

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Customer Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 92
Author: Matt O
Drink Dates: 2008-2021

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

Rating: 87
Author: Jeffrey M989
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 12/17/2010
Unfortunately for Phelps, Laube nailed the rating on this one. Nice enough flavors, but not the depth or complexity we would expect from a $200 bottle of Backus. I will wait another year or two before I open my last bottle.

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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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