2002 Phelps, Joseph Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML

  • WA 96
  • WE 95
  • WS 92
  • IWC 92
  • W&S 90

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WA 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2012
The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard is a massive, youthful blockbuster with an opaque purple color as well as firm tannins (despite the general openness and ripeness of the 2002 Napa Cabernets). Almost overly... The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard is a massive, youthful blockbuster with an opaque purple color as well as firm tannins (despite the general openness and ripeness of the 2002 Napa Cabernets). Almost overly rich, it has a long evolution ahead of it given its firm tannins and off-the-charts concentration and extract. One has to admire this cuvee for its extraordinary structure and multidimensional personality, but at present, even with airing, the primary aromas of new oak, loamy soil, graphite, incense and black fruits are all one can expect. In the mouth, the wine remains brutally tannic, but there is enough stuffing to easily balance out the wine’s structure. It is a young, possibly great wine for the ages, and I would not hesitate to put my money where my mouth is. This 2002 should be absolutely amazing in 25-30 years. 96+ - Robert Parker
WE 95
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, March 2005
Right up there with the best of the `01 Napas. Smooth and polished with a velvety mouthfeel that conveys cherry and blackberry flavors without heavy extract. Oak plays a supportive role. The overall impression is of... Right up there with the best of the `01 Napas. Smooth and polished with a velvety mouthfeel that conveys cherry and blackberry flavors without heavy extract. Oak plays a supportive role. The overall impression is of elegance power and extreme balance...
WS 92
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, October 2005
Enticing aromas of currant mocha and stone carry over to the palate giving it a decidedly minerally edge. But those pebbly notes give it a unique flavor profile and it's supported by firm chewy tannins. Best to decant... Enticing aromas of currant mocha and stone carry over to the palate giving it a decidedly minerally edge. But those pebbly notes give it a unique flavor profile and it's supported by firm chewy tannins. Best to decant now. Best from 2007 through 2012. 800 cases made. (JL)
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2005
...Cassis kirsch menthol and roasted herbs on the nose. Rather muscular on the attack then dense lush and highly concentrated in the middle with a deep core of dark fruit and bitter chocolate flavors. In comparison to... ...Cassis kirsch menthol and roasted herbs on the nose. Rather muscular on the attack then dense lush and highly concentrated in the middle with a deep core of dark fruit and bitter chocolate flavors. In comparison to the Insignia this is a more rustic style of wine but the concentration of phenolic material is impressive and this 2002 is finer than the 2001 release. Finishes with excellent length and youthfully tough tannins but does not build on the back end with quite the same subtlety as the Insignia...
W&S 90
Wine & Spirits - Wine & Spirits, February 2006
Saturated with flavor, perfumed with the richness of oak and potent with black cherry-scented fruit and mineral tannins, this is a massive young cabernet. If you like powerful Napa Valley reds, this delivers. Order a... Saturated with flavor, perfumed with the richness of oak and potent with black cherry-scented fruit and mineral tannins, this is a massive young cabernet. If you like powerful Napa Valley reds, this delivers. Order a bottle with a 32-ounce ribeye.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2002

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.