Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

9.315 ratings
9.37 pro ratings
Oakville, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
Gordon Walker

Still quite lively, great birth year wine. Supple tannins, hints of dark fruit, solid structure backbone and integrated aromas

Still quite lively, great birth year wine. Supple tannins, hints of dark fruit, solid structure backbone and integrated aromas

Oct 23rd, 2016
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

Garnet with a tan outer rim. Rustic nose of figs, dates and cooked rhubarb. Cooked stawberries, rhubarb, strawberries, cranberries, plums, figs, dates, old cedar, crushed rocks, brown sugar, perfumed dry flowers, lean body & even finish. Maybe better five years ago but still nice and a treat to drink. Out of Magnum.

Garnet with a tan outer rim. Rustic nose of figs, dates and cooked rhubarb. Cooked stawberries, rhubarb, strawberries, cranberries, plums, figs, dates, old cedar, crushed rocks, brown sugar, perfumed dry flowers, lean body & even finish. Maybe better five years ago but still nice and a treat to drink. Out of Magnum.

Sep 18th, 2016
Mitzi Inglis

Marketing/Public Relations, Joseph Phelps Vineyards

9.5

Singing! From 3L. Biased review. #josephphelps #backus

Singing! From 3L. Biased review. #josephphelps #backus

Apr 18th, 2016
Harley Carbery

Director of Wine, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and Delano Las Vegas

9.3

Out of 6 liter!!

Out of 6 liter!!

Oct 18th, 2015
Alexis Davis Iaconis

Hospitality Director Copain Wines

9.4

Dried fruit, herbs, menthol and a little Brett/ best Cabernet I've tasted in a while

Dried fruit, herbs, menthol and a little Brett/ best Cabernet I've tasted in a while

Nov 3rd, 2012
Mark Flesher

Enjoyed last night and man oh wow. Outta left field, this one still has the color and depth to go another 10 years it seems, although I really think this was the perfect time to open this one from a classic Napa cab standpoint. Standing at just about 13.5%, this wine had a lot of green to it. Looking it up, apparently there were a lot of floods in Napa the year before this growing season, and the summer was a bit milder, yet Merlot was a little more impressive than cab. I think this translates to this wine, that had a rather earthy nose, green, weedy, fig, hint of plum. The entry of this wine was a little on the herbaceous side, with good fruit still very present in the front, but more of a fig and mellow licorice. Earthy middle, some herb, greener towards the finish, but it was really interesting how the finish of this one seemed to have more tannin than I would have expected. Overall, very complex Napa cab, and really awesome experience.

Enjoyed last night and man oh wow. Outta left field, this one still has the color and depth to go another 10 years it seems, although I really think this was the perfect time to open this one from a classic Napa cab standpoint. Standing at just about 13.5%, this wine had a lot of green to it. Looking it up, apparently there were a lot of floods in Napa the year before this growing season, and the summer was a bit milder, yet Merlot was a little more impressive than cab. I think this translates to this wine, that had a rather earthy nose, green, weedy, fig, hint of plum. The entry of this wine was a little on the herbaceous side, with good fruit still very present in the front, but more of a fig and mellow licorice. Earthy middle, some herb, greener towards the finish, but it was really interesting how the finish of this one seemed to have more tannin than I would have expected. Overall, very complex Napa cab, and really awesome experience.

Jan 27th, 2018
Craig Williams

From the ' 86 vintage and IMO the best year from the challenging 80's decade, chocolate-mint aromas with slightly earthy quality- no direct connection with Brett. , yet if present is well integrated . Tannins are resolved yet apparent and slightly dry on the palate. What surprises me is the bright acidity, seemingly high compared to Cabs of today. I would like less acid, however . In total, not bad for a 29 year old wine that still exhibits life, good flavors and qualities from its unique vineyard site.

From the ' 86 vintage and IMO the best year from the challenging 80's decade, chocolate-mint aromas with slightly earthy quality- no direct connection with Brett. , yet if present is well integrated . Tannins are resolved yet apparent and slightly dry on the palate. What surprises me is the bright acidity, seemingly high compared to Cabs of today. I would like less acid, however . In total, not bad for a 29 year old wine that still exhibits life, good flavors and qualities from its unique vineyard site.

Apr 5th, 2015
Marc Glassberg

Sommelier Cellar Master Consulting

9.2

Marc had this 3 years ago

Marc had this 3 years ago

Jul 23rd, 2016
Matthew George

Matthew had this 4 years ago

Matthew had this 4 years ago

Oct 16th, 2015
Zach Zerbe

Zach had this 4 years ago

Zach had this 4 years ago

Nov 26th, 2015