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Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Backus Vineyard 2002

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92 points Wine Spectator: A rich, dense and deeply concentrated young Cabernet, with layers of currant, plum, spice, cedar and blueberry notes that are tightly focused and supported by firm, ripe tannins. Impressive also for its balance and amplitude, it should reward short- to medium-term cellaring. Drink now through 2011. (5/31/05)

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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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09/30/2010

Five glasses


External Reviews for Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Backus Vineyard

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

Perhaps the greatest Backus made in the last decade, the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard (1,300 cases) includes a touch of Malbec and Petit Verdot (less than 2%) in the blend. A saturated black/purple color is followed by scents of incense, b... Robert Parker. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2002 Phelps, Joseph Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard 3000ml


External Review
Source: Epic Cellars
07/27/2011

The monster 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard is nearly 100% Cabernet Sauvignon (dollops of Petit Verdot and Malbec are included in the blend). Dense and full-bodied, it is nearly primordial in its concentration and brooding backwardness, and should only be purchased by those able to defer their gratification for 5-6 years. A huge wine, it exhibits black fruit, scorched earth, loamy soil, crushed rock, espresso roast, and new oak characteristics. It should last for 25+ years.



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92 points Wine Spectator: A rich, dense and deeply concentrated young Cabernet, with layers of currant, plum, spice, cedar and blueberry notes that are tightly focused and supported by firm, ripe tannins. Impressive also for its balance and amplitude, it should reward short- to medium-term cellaring. Drink now through 2011. (5/31/05)

Dietary Information: Organic


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