1999 Phelps, Joseph Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML
  • WE 96
  • WS 93
  • IWC 92
  • WA 90

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WE 96
Wine Enthusiast, February 2003
Even at this price most of the 400-case production is already snapped up. Nonetheless this is great Cabernet. Incredibly plush ultrafeminine with all the bells and whistles of a hallmark wine. Flavors lean toward cherry... Even at this price most of the 400-case production is already snapped up. Nonetheless this is great Cabernet. Incredibly plush ultrafeminine with all the bells and whistles of a hallmark wine. Flavors lean toward cherry blackberry plum strawberry toast vanilla anise herbs spice and chocolate. It's all couched in velvety smooth tannins and a finish that doesn't stop.
WS 93
Wine Spectator, April 2003
A rich deeply concentrated and flavorful wine with layers of currant mocha earth leather and black cherry. Sharply focused and long and rich on the finish it has the kind of mouthcoating tannins that need time. Best from... A rich deeply concentrated and flavorful wine with layers of currant mocha earth leather and black cherry. Sharply focused and long and rich on the finish it has the kind of mouthcoating tannins that need time. Best from 2004 through 2012. 450 cases made. (JL)
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2002
(bottled a month prior to my visit) Saturated ruby with purple tones. Primary aromas of cassis bitter chocolate mocha menthol and licorice along with a peppery nuance. Cool extremely primary black fruit flavors are not... (bottled a month prior to my visit) Saturated ruby with purple tones. Primary aromas of cassis bitter chocolate mocha menthol and licorice along with a peppery nuance. Cool extremely primary black fruit flavors are not yet expansive but hint at the sweetness to come. Finishes with big chewy tannins and excellent persistence. 92(+?) points
WA 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2002
Readers will be amazed by the weight of the bottle in which the 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard is packaged. This 500-case cuvee of pure unbridled powerful Cabernet from the volcanic hillsides above Napa Valley... Readers will be amazed by the weight of the bottle in which the 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard is packaged. This 500-case cuvee of pure unbridled powerful Cabernet from the volcanic hillsides above Napa Valley boasts a dense purple color as well as a tight but promising bouquet of creme de cassis minerals loamy soil and toasty oak aromas. While not the blockbuster it can be in such ripe vintages as 1997 or 2001 the 1999 possesses beautiful fruit outstanding purity and moderately high tannin. Even though it is not gigantic by California standards it is a bigger wine than the 1999 Insignia. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2020.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Vintage 1999

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.