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Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1997

Member Review by normfly:

I realize what handing out a 5/5 means and although I don't consider the score absolute perfection, it is highly regarded. And this '97 Backus shared with the in-laws post big hike near Lake City CO with grilled steaks was .... well, it's like the first thing we talk about when we see our in-laws again, "Remember that Backus? Man, that was the best wine I've ever had ..." That sums it up. The big, ripe black fruit on the nose (I don't drink much Napa - too expensive - but when you get the good stuff, you don't forget that rich, intense nose), the palette soaking cabernet with perfect pitch balance from front-to-back and full rich chewy fruit. Yum!! Ok, I'll stop.

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Joseph Phelps Vineyards:
Joseph Phelps Vineyards is a family-owned Napa Valley winery committed to crafting world class, estate grown wines. Founded in 1973 when Joe Phelps purchased a former cattle ranch in Spring Valley near St. Helena, the winery now controls and farms nearly 375 acres of vines in St. Helena, the Stags Leap District, Oakville, Rutherford, Oak Knoll District and South Napa Valley. Phelps is best k... Read more
Joseph Phelps Vineyards is a family-owned Napa Valley winery committed to crafting world class, estate grown wines. Founded in 1973 when Joe Phelps purchased a former cattle ranch in Spring Valley near St. Helena, the winery now controls and farms nearly 375 acres of vines in St. Helena, the Stags Leap District, Oakville, Rutherford, Oak Knoll District and South Napa Valley. Phelps is best known for its flagship blend of red Bordeaux varietals, Insignia, first produced in 1974. Awarded Wine Spectator’s “Wine of the Year” in 2005, Insignia is widely regarded as a qualitative benchmark for California winemaking. Annual production at Phelps includes Insignia, Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Eisrébe, Syrah and Viognier. Read less

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Snooth User: normfly
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12/27/2007

I realize what handing out a 5/5 means and although I don't consider the score absolute perfection, it is highly regarded. And this '97 Backus shared with the in-laws post big hike near Lake City CO with grilled steaks was .... well, it's like the first thing we talk about when we see our in-laws again, "Remember that Backus? Man, that was the best wine I've ever had ..." That sums it up. The big, ripe black fruit on the nose (I don't drink much Napa - too expensive - but when you get the good stuff, you don't forget that rich, intense nose), the palette soaking cabernet with perfect pitch balance from front-to-back and full rich chewy fruit. Yum!! Ok, I'll stop.


External Reviews for Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Source: Epic Cellars
09/24/2010

From a hillside overlooking the Oakville District, Phelps produces small quantities of their single vineyard Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, which is aged in 100% new French Taransaud oak. The sensational 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard is a muscular, highly-extracted, full-bodied effort that requires 3-4 years of cellaring. Although not very approachable, it displays great fruit intensity in its huge, thick, viscous flavors redolent with black currants, new saddle leather, spice box, and toasty oak. Long, powerful, and intense, it exhibits both sweet tannin and immense concentration. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2025.



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