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Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Backus Vineyard 2001

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97+ points Robert Parker: From a steep eastern hillside vineyard in Oakville, the excruciatingly youthful, intense 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard possesses an opaque purple color (that resembles a barrel sample rather than a 10-year old wine) as well as an extraordinary perfume of raspberry jam, creme de cassis, acacia flowers and crushed rocks. Full-bodied with magnificent concentration, purity and texture, this modern day legend should still be drinking beautifully in 2035. (Jun 2011)

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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

External Reviews for Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Backus Vineyard

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/22/2010

The 2001 Backus has really closed down since last year. Like the Insignia, I gave it the identical rating I had 12 months ago, so it has not really moved much at all. A backward styled effort from a h... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2001 Phelps, Joseph Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard 1500ml


External Review
Source: Epic Cellars
09/24/2010

The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a deep ruby color, along with a big, sweet nose of dried herbs intermixed with black currant, cherry, and hints of wood smoke and earth. It is best drunk over the next 7-8 years.


External Review
Source: Epic Cellars
07/27/2011

From a steep eastern hillside vineyard in Oakville, the excruciatingly youthful, intense 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard possesses an opaque purple color (that resembles a barrel sample rather than a 10-year old wine) as well as an extraordinary perfume of raspberry jam, creme de cassis, acacia flowers and crushed rocks. Full-bodied with magnificent concentration, purity and texture, this modern day legend should still be drinking beautifully in 2035


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

...Keenly focused on varietal fruit of dried currants and black cherries with a complexing layer of rich loam, vanilla, caramel and hints of sweet spices, this medium-volume effort is supple in palate feel at entry before becoming noticeably tannic a... Connoisseur's Guide. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2001 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml



97+ points Robert Parker: From a steep eastern hillside vineyard in Oakville, the excruciatingly youthful, intense 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard possesses an opaque purple color (that resembles a barrel sample rather than a 10-year old wine) as well as an extraordinary perfume of raspberry jam, creme de cassis, acacia flowers and crushed rocks. Full-bodied with magnificent concentration, purity and texture, this modern day legend should still be drinking beautifully in 2035. (Jun 2011)

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