2009 Joseph Phelps - Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard 750ml

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 94+

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard is very nicely balanced from start to finish. In this vintage, the Backus isn't as overtly ripe as it can be. Hints of tobacco, crushed flowers, new leather and spices add complexity to the inky black fruit. Firm, powerful tannins suggest it will be years before the 2009 is ready to provide maximum pleasure. From time to time, the wine's inner perfume and expressive black fruit show a glimpse of their potential, but the 2009 is a wine that begs for cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2029.

Drink Dates: 2019-2029
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 204

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

Saturated medium ruby. Deep aromas of cassis, mocha, chocolate and nutty oak, plus an almost porty whiff of kirsch . Lush, sweet and flamboyantly ripe, offering outstanding density to its dark berry, leather and nutty oak flavors. Large-scaled and powerful wine, and a bit more accessible in the early going than some recent vintages of this bottling. Finishes with huge tongue-dusting, chewy tannins and compelling chocolatey richness, but there's nothing hard about this very broad yet sharply delineated wine. With 24 hours in the recorked bottle, this cabernet showed considerably more energy on the nose and in the mouth, with very fresh flavors of crushed black fruits and minerals taking over. (A sample I tasted a month earlier at the winery was dominated by its forbidding tannins, and winemaker Damian Parker told me it has been very tightly wrapped from the start. But the high quality of the 2009 Backus was obvious from my latest sample, even if it should be held in the cellar for at least six to eight years.)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 162

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 94
Author: flwine
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 08/07/2014
Drink Dates: 2019-2029

Average rating: 94, based on 3 reviews
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239 bottles owned by 41 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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