2008 Phelps, Joseph Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML

  • WA 97
  • WS 94
  • IWC 93

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WA 97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2011
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus is a beautifully delineated wine endowed with tons of personality and sheer class. The wine comes alive in the glass with crushed rose petals dark raspberry jam licorice and spices... The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus is a beautifully delineated wine endowed with tons of personality and sheer class. The wine comes alive in the glass with crushed rose petals dark raspberry jam licorice and spices. There is an exotic element to the fruit that is highly appealing. Today the tannins are quite firm suggesting the wine needs at least a few more years in the cellar. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2038.
WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, November 2011
Firm and intense this is beautifully structured with a tight vivid core of mineral-laced raspberry black cherry anise and cedar flavors. Full-bodied and firming nicely on the finish where the minerality provides a flinty... Firm and intense this is beautifully structured with a tight vivid core of mineral-laced raspberry black cherry anise and cedar flavors. Full-bodied and firming nicely on the finish where the minerality provides a flinty edge. Drink now through 2022. 1445 cases made.
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2011
Bright ruby. Aromas of blueberry crushed stone licorice and violet. Very tight and energetic with dark berry flavors complicated by meaty smoky and saline nuances. Ultimately creamier than the Insignia this saturates... Bright ruby. Aromas of blueberry crushed stone licorice and violet. Very tight and energetic with dark berry flavors complicated by meaty smoky and saline nuances. Ultimately creamier than the Insignia this saturates the entire mouth and leaves the taste buds vibrating. Finishes with major tongue-coating tannins superb persistence and captivating minerality.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2008

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.