2005 Phelps, Joseph Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 750ML
  • WA 96
  • IWC 92

Reviews for 2005 Phelps, Joseph Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard

WA 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2015
96+ From a steep hillside vineyard on the lower slopes of the Vaca Mountains in Oakville emerges the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard, which is a blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec... 96+ From a steep hillside vineyard on the lower slopes of the Vaca Mountains in Oakville emerges the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard, which is a blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec. This is a deeper, more primordial, richer and more masculine style of wine than the Insignia. The 2005 reveals surprisingly sweet tannin (tannin management can be an issue in certain vintages), gorgeously dark blackberry and cassis fruit, a hint of Graves-like scorched earth and volcanic undertones, and a full-bodied, powerful, concentrated, multi-layered mouthfeel. This is extremely youthful, has 14.6% natural alcohol, and seems set for another 30 years of evolution. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2008
($225) Cool but sweet aromas of medicinal black fruits licorice menthol and graphite; today this comes across as sweeter than the Insignia. Then massive and pliant for the year showing a distinctly warmer character than... ($225) Cool but sweet aromas of medicinal black fruits licorice menthol and graphite; today this comes across as sweeter than the Insignia. Then massive and pliant for the year showing a distinctly warmer character than the Insignia. With aeration this exuded lovely inner-palate perfume thanks to bright acidity which gives lift to the fruit. But this very young wine finishes with substantial tannic clout.