Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Backus Vineyard 2004

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Subtle and precise on the nose with very pure creme de cassis, hot iron and rocks and a touch of toast. In the mouth this is rich and chewy but so ... Read more

Fantastic; one of the best that I've had in many years. Rich, long lasting dryness on the back of the tongue. Blackberry bouquet with a touch of ch... Read more

Update: Got to try it again ... smoke and toast. Smooth, silky mouth feel. Great wine. Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Backus Vineyard

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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4.50 5
03/01/2009

Subtle and precise on the nose with very pure creme de cassis, hot iron and rocks and a touch of toast. In the mouth this is rich and chewy but so well balanced with wonderfully fresh, ripe fruit and a long, spicy, mineral rich finish. Really a baby but with grand potential and it really delivers alot already. Another Fine Backus, one of California's Grand Cru vineyards. 94pts.

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Snooth User: ChipWino
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5.00 5
02/17/2008

Fantastic; one of the best that I've had in many years. Rich, long lasting dryness on the back of the tongue. Blackberry bouquet with a touch of cherry, but no fruity sweetness. Excellent body. Taste develops differently with each glass. Don't miss this one.


Snooth User: John Andrews
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4.50 5
06/10/2008

Update: Got to try it again ... smoke and toast. Smooth, silky mouth feel. Great wine.


Snooth User: Oenos
4039261
5.00 5
02/15/2008

Well done wine, all levels reach the top. An excellent wine with full mouth fee, rich aromas, long aftertaset and great future! If only it was cheaper in europe....


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
4.50 5
08/26/2008

Thick, juicy. Its still young and tight, but you can taste its power. Good minerality and structure. Will clearly age for a decade or so. Best not to open another one for a couple of years I'd say


4.50 5
03/02/2009

Deep ripe vanilla aromas. Palate is big, with good oak and light acidity -- good soft tannins and just a touch of sweetness. It's great now, but lay this one away for later.

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Snooth User: Chris Carpita
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4.00 5
04/27/2010

Corn and basil/cilantro on the nose. Spicy mouth with black pepper and wonderful tannins.


Snooth User: chad1616
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4.50 5
05/10/2009

Amazing - still really young but absolutely amazing....


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External Reviews for Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Backus Vineyard

External Review
01/18/2009

Wine Spectator ReviewTight and complex, with a deep, potent core of ripe currant, herb, sage and dusty berry fruit, shaded by light toasty, cedary oak. Deftly balanced, intense and concentrated, this is young and closed in now, yet you can taste the depth and richness. Tannic. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Best from 2010 through 2020.


External Review
01/30/2009

The 2004 Joseph Phelps Insignia is a vintage marked by change. For example, this is the first vintage of Insignia being produced from 100% estate grown grapes. Estate grown wines tend to be of higher quality because the growers and winemakers work


External Review
05/22/2011

The 2002 Insignia is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec. This wine has put on considerable weight since last year. An exotic nose of spice box, soy, creme de cassis, chocolate, espresso, and various spices is followed by extravagant fruit on the attack, a voluptuous, medium to full-bodied palate, and a long, ripe, concentrated finish with the tannins well-concealed behind significant glycerin and concentration. This beauty is more extroverted than the 2001. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2023.


External Review
05/22/2011

The flagship wine, the 2001 Insignia Proprietary Wine, an 18,000-case blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, and 3% Malbec, continues to live up to my high praise from last year. Rich, elegant, and nuanced, this dense ruby/purple wine offers a nose of creme de cassis, incense, licorice, chocolate, and spice box. It is full-bodied, opulently styled with plenty of tannin, but the structural aspects of the wine are well-concealed by its intensity and overall richness. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2020.


External Review
05/22/2011

The 2001 Insignia (an 18,000 case blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, and 3% Merlot) is an inky/purple-colored effort representing a return to the superb quality of such vintages as 1997. Aged in 100% new French oak, this blockbuster reveals gorgeous aromas of melted licorice, creme de cassis, liquid minerals, and hints of chocolate and spice box. The finish is long, full-bodied, opulent, and voluptuous. Considerable tannin is largely concealed by the lavish richness, extract, and glycerin. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2020+.


External Review
05/22/2011

You have to count this as another great Insignia, dry and complex and ageworthy, although the tannins are fierce now, and it may lack just a bit of the glamor of, say, the 2004 or 2001. It's certainly a big wine that floods the mouth with blackberry, black currant, cassis and new oak flavors. The tannins and acids make it aloof, resistant, tough. It wants time in the cellar. Best after 2013. Production was a hefty 13,500 cases.


External Review
01/10/2013

Bright ruby-red. Complex nose melds cassis, black cherry, lead pencil and cedar. Sweet and fat but with a firm structure and very good vinosity. Thereandrsquo;s a sappy quality to the currant, cedar and chocolate flavors. Boasts the density of the vintageandrsquo;s best examples but, in comparison to the Backus, the tannins hit the palate a bit earlier. The very long finish hints at cedar and graphite. Iandrsquo;d put this aside for a couple of years.


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