1995 Phelps, Joseph Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML

  • WA 93
  • WS 91
  • IWC 91

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WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 1998
...a wine of great intensity...intriguing bouquet and flavors of prunes black currants roasted herbs chocolate and coffee huge amounts of glycerin and body and a gigantic oversized finish with considerable tannin. This is... ...a wine of great intensity...intriguing bouquet and flavors of prunes black currants roasted herbs chocolate and coffee huge amounts of glycerin and body and a gigantic oversized finish with considerable tannin. This is one wine where the extract level matches the tannin's ferocity...
WS 91
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 1999
Minty with sage notes leading to a supple complex band of currant coffee cedar olive and tar this is rich and polished for such a young wine...
IWC 91
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 1999
...Classic California cabernet aromas of cassis dark chocolate and eucalyptus with hints of sandalwood and blackberry. Intense flavors similar to the aromas; showcases this vineyard typical chocolate and mint... ...Classic California cabernet aromas of cassis dark chocolate and eucalyptus with hints of sandalwood and blackberry. Intense flavors similar to the aromas; showcases this vineyard typical chocolate and mint character...expressive flavors of roasted dark berries coffee bean and oak spice...
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 1995

Winery

Phelps, Joseph

In the late 1960’s, Joseph Phelps, a successful construction company owner from Colorado, came to the Napa Valley to build a winery for Souverain (now Rutherford Hill). Like many others, he fell in love with the region and the industry and in 1974, he completed construction on his own eponymously named Joseph Phelps Winery, just in time to harvest the first vintages of Syrah and Insignia. Four decades later, Phelps Insignia is recognized as one of the world’s great and most highly-rated wines.

Over the years, the goal of becoming 100% estate grown resulted in carefully planned acquisitions of prime vineyards in the Napa Valley. Since 2004, all Phelps wines are made from estate-grown fruit, including Phelps Insignia, the estate labeled Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Viognier, the Oakville single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Backus’, Eisrebe, a dessert wine made from the Scheurebe grape, and Syrah from the Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard.

Joe Phelps also had a life-long love affair with the wines of Burgundy and a desire to craft wines in that style. He found the ideal spot for the perfect combination of climate, soil and location in Freestone, in the Sonoma Coast AVA. In 1999, he began developing 100 acres of vineyards just outside of Freestone and in 2005, construction began on a new winery. Today, 80 acres of Pinot Noir and 20 acres of Chardonnay produce remarkable estate-grown wines bearing the Joseph Phelps name under the Freestone label.