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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 shar... Read more
From a hillside overlooking the Oakville District, Phelps produces small quantities of their single vineyard Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, wh... Read more
RiceSelect's creamy Arborio gets blended with sweet potato, coconut milk and vanilla to create this decadent cheesecake. Pairs well with Saunternes; a white dessert wine that has hints of coconut from aging in oak barrels.
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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
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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