Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

9.320 ratings
9.34 pro ratings
Oakville, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

Bright ripe dark & light cherries, blackberries, plum, blueberries, dry cranberries, strawberries, light spice, some baking spice, dry brown powdery earth, crushed rocks, leather, cedar, grey minerality, tar, anise, good acidity and a long ripe juicy fruit finish. Out of mag.

Bright ripe dark & light cherries, blackberries, plum, blueberries, dry cranberries, strawberries, light spice, some baking spice, dry brown powdery earth, crushed rocks, leather, cedar, grey minerality, tar, anise, good acidity and a long ripe juicy fruit finish. Out of mag.

Sep 18th, 2016
Bill Bender

This wine is firing on each and every cylinder. Expressive nose, soft entry, long silky finish. Best Backus I've had since the '02.

This wine is firing on each and every cylinder. Expressive nose, soft entry, long silky finish. Best Backus I've had since the '02.

Aug 15th, 2016
Mitzi Inglis

Marketing/Public Relations, Joseph Phelps Vineyards

9.4

From magnum. Biased review. #josephphelps #backus

From magnum. Biased review. #josephphelps #backus

Apr 18th, 2016
Bill Bender

Decanted 4 hours at cellar temp. The oak is resolving, fine grained integrated tannins, bay leaf, underbrush. Really solid with many years left but ready now with air.

Decanted 4 hours at cellar temp. The oak is resolving, fine grained integrated tannins, bay leaf, underbrush. Really solid with many years left but ready now with air.

Dec 25th, 2015
Wulf Losee

2006 vintage opened February 2017. Very tight out of the bottle. Recommend you decant it, rather than waiting for it to open up in an uncorked bottle. Notes of toffee, raspberry, and peonies in the bouquet. Velvety tannins all the way through from the front palate to the back palate. A pleasant mild acidity prevents the soft tannins from getting boring. Earthy and mineral on the front of the tongue. Dried black figs on the back. A lovely wine. Some might say I've opened this bottle too soon, but I think it's good to drink now, and it will probably be good to drink 10 or 15 years down the road. Sorry but I don't have the patience to wait any longer.

2006 vintage opened February 2017. Very tight out of the bottle. Recommend you decant it, rather than waiting for it to open up in an uncorked bottle. Notes of toffee, raspberry, and peonies in the bouquet. Velvety tannins all the way through from the front palate to the back palate. A pleasant mild acidity prevents the soft tannins from getting boring. Earthy and mineral on the front of the tongue. Dried black figs on the back. A lovely wine. Some might say I've opened this bottle too soon, but I think it's good to drink now, and it will probably be good to drink 10 or 15 years down the road. Sorry but I don't have the patience to wait any longer.

Feb 5th, 2017
Richard Steinberg

Ripe fruit. Fruit forward. Not sure if this will age. Drink up.

Ripe fruit. Fruit forward. Not sure if this will age. Drink up.

Apr 10th, 2016
John Suliman

10.0 if you include the company

10.0 if you include the company

Feb 26th, 2014
Hai Tran

Hai had this 4 years ago

Hai had this 4 years ago

May 8th, 2015
Donald Patz

Owner/Winemaker Patz & Hall

9.4

Donald had this 5 years ago

Donald had this 5 years ago

Jan 20th, 2014
Katherine Harris

Katherine had this 2 years ago

Katherine had this 2 years ago

Aug 17th, 2017