Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

9.35 ratings
9.33 pro ratings
Oakville, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
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
Hugh O'Riordan

Old but fresh and fruity. Time to drink. Bought 3 ltr 1983 bottle at Insignia days. That is a great event. Fruity with earthy secondary flavors. Well balanced

Old but fresh and fruity. Time to drink. Bought 3 ltr 1983 bottle at Insignia days. That is a great event. Fruity with earthy secondary flavors. Well balanced

Jul 29th, 2019
Zav Auz

Amazed it held up it is still showing fruit

Amazed it held up it is still showing fruit

Apr 14th, 2016
Greg Scheinfeld

Greg had this 6 years ago

Greg had this 6 years ago

Mar 30th, 2015
Jamie Watson

Jamie had this 6 years ago

Jamie had this 6 years ago

Dec 10th, 2014