Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

9.5508 ratings
9.4134 pro ratings
Oakville, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Elsie W

Alcoholic Beverages General Sales Manager, Safeway

9.7

Amazing Cabernet Sauvignon!! Dark red fruit with soft tannins. Makes your mouth want more.

Amazing Cabernet Sauvignon!! Dark red fruit with soft tannins. Makes your mouth want more.

Aug 9th, 2020
Andrew Steffensmeier

So good. So balanced. Really great bottle in nearly every way and still showing strong on day 3

So good. So balanced. Really great bottle in nearly every way and still showing strong on day 3

Jun 18th, 2020
ADAM STROMFELD

Yup!! 2000 Backus!! I really don’t know how I can talk about this one. Perfection! This is what gives Napa a great name! Soft elegant earthy dark fruit elegant, perfect balance. End of story.

Yup!! 2000 Backus!! I really don’t know how I can talk about this one. Perfection! This is what gives Napa a great name! Soft elegant earthy dark fruit elegant, perfect balance. End of story.

Feb 21st, 2020
ADAM STROMFELD

Soft nose. Black rolling fruit elegant soft tannins. Rich milk chocolate Perfect acidity.Still a little bit tight. Will definitely benefit from a few years in the bottle.

Soft nose. Black rolling fruit elegant soft tannins. Rich milk chocolate Perfect acidity.Still a little bit tight. Will definitely benefit from a few years in the bottle.

Feb 20th, 2020
Michael Herzog

Great balance. Still has plenty of time. Delicious and drinkable.

Great balance. Still has plenty of time. Delicious and drinkable.

Nov 9th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

The Joseph Party and the 1983 Insignia from 3L.

The nose show lean, stewed fruits. While it is always a treat to drink their older vintages, this one probably better served 5 years early. Still enjoyable. Blackberries, dry, dark cherries, rhubarb, bright cherries, ripe strawberries, old leather & tobacco, limestone minerals, cedar to saddle-wood, steeped tea, touch mint & dry herbs, crushed dry rocks, underbrush, forest floor with withering, dry red floral bouquet.

The body is lean and very well resolved tannin structure. The tension, structure, length has lost some their step. Blackberries, dry, dark cherries, rhubarb, bright cherries, ripe strawberries, old leather & tobacco, limestone minerals, cedar to saddle-wood, steeped tea, touch mint & dry herbs, crushed dry rocks, barnyard, pine twigs, underbrush, forest floor with withering, dry red floral bouquet. the acidy is nice. The finish while fun, interesting has lost some of its flare but, again, still enjoyable.

The Joseph Party and the 1983 Insignia from 3L.

The nose show lean, stewed fruits. While it is always a treat to drink their older vintages, this one probably better served 5 years early. Still enjoyable. Blackberries, dry, dark cherries, rhubarb, bright cherries, ripe strawberries, old leather & tobacco, limestone minerals, cedar to saddle-wood, steeped tea, touch mint & dry herbs, crushed dry rocks, underbrush, forest floor with withering, dry red floral bouquet.

The body is lean and very well resolved tannin structure. The tension, structure, length has lost some their step. Blackberries, dry, dark cherries, rhubarb, bright cherries, ripe strawberries, old leather & tobacco, limestone minerals, cedar to saddle-wood, steeped tea, touch mint & dry herbs, crushed dry rocks, barnyard, pine twigs, underbrush, forest floor with withering, dry red floral bouquet. the acidy is nice. The finish while fun, interesting has lost some of its flare but, again, still enjoyable.

Sep 21st, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.6

The Joseph Phelps party. The 09 Backus from magnum.

Nose reveals, bright dark & mid red, candied/floral fruits of; blackberries, loads of dark cherries & strawberries, black plum, dry cranberries and hints of blue fruit on the high nose. Black licorice, dark fruit roll ups, bright red cola, dry crushed limestone minerals, Provence herbs, dark, rich, turned earth, light; fresh tobacco, leather volcanic minerals, alluvial soils with bright dark, red and blue florals.

The body is full with soft, sweet, round tannins. The tension, structure, length and balance are just hitting their groove. Bright dark & mid red, candied/floral fruits of; blackberries, loads of dark cherries & strawberries, black plum, dry cranberries, hints of blue fruit on the high nose. Black licorice, dark fruit roll ups, bright red cola, dry crushed limestone minerals, Provence herbs, dark, rich, turned earth, light; fresh tobacco, leather, cedar, volcanic minerals & alluvial soils. Bright dark, red, blue florals with violets and lavender. The acidity is round and nicely executed. The long finish is ripe, ruby, well balanced with a sort sham rag texture on the long set.

The Joseph Phelps party. The 09 Backus from magnum.

Nose reveals, bright dark & mid red, candied/floral fruits of; blackberries, loads of dark cherries & strawberries, black plum, dry cranberries and hints of blue fruit on the high nose. Black licorice, dark fruit roll ups, bright red cola, dry crushed limestone minerals, Provence herbs, dark, rich, turned earth, light; fresh tobacco, leather volcanic minerals, alluvial soils with bright dark, red and blue florals.

The body is full with soft, sweet, round tannins. The tension, structure, length and balance are just hitting their groove. Bright dark & mid red, candied/floral fruits of; blackberries, loads of dark cherries & strawberries, black plum, dry cranberries, hints of blue fruit on the high nose. Black licorice, dark fruit roll ups, bright red cola, dry crushed limestone minerals, Provence herbs, dark, rich, turned earth, light; fresh tobacco, leather, cedar, volcanic minerals & alluvial soils. Bright dark, red, blue florals with violets and lavender. The acidity is round and nicely executed. The long finish is ripe, ruby, well balanced with a sort sham rag texture on the long set.

Sep 21st, 2019
Jay Eagan

Absolutely perfect

Absolutely perfect

Jun 13th, 2019
jesus g

Hospitality Schramsberg Vineyards

9.7

Always brighter and more youthful out of a large format! 3L

Always brighter and more youthful out of a large format! 3L

May 20th, 2019
Garen Staglin

Olive and Eucalyptus. G

Olive and Eucalyptus. G

Apr 29th, 2019