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
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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
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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
05/09/2009

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


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External Reviews for Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Backus Vineyard

External Review
05/22/2011

Since 2004, 100% of the Bordeaux varietals used in the Insignia proprietary blend have been from estate vineyards. The beautiful, dense ruby/purple-tinged 2005 Insignia (a 12,500 case blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec) possesses sweet aromas of black cherries, cassis, chocolate, camphor, and a subtle hint of roasted herbs. Medium to full-bodied and elegant, with a European style imposed on the rich, velvety, California fruit, this cuvée will benefit from several years of bottle age, and should easily keep for three decades.


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05/22/2011

The 2007 Insignia (a 13,500-case blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot) offers a seamless introduction to this flagship cuvee. Its inky/purple color is followed by aromas of creme de cassis, incense, crushed rocks, lead pencil shavings, cedar, and spice box. It possesses a massive, opulent mouthfeel, serious tannins, and no hard edges. This stunning effort should hit its peak in 5-8 years, and last 40 years. I would not be surprised to see it become the greatest Insignia to date and close in on a perfect score.


External Review
05/22/2011

Bright ruby-red. Highly complex nose melds currant, black licorice, lead pencil, mocha, bitter chocolate and fresh herbs. Deep and sweet in the middle, with juicy acidity giving shape to the concentrated, silky flavors of cassis and dark chocolate. This, too, is downright Bordeaux-like. Finishes with broad, lush tannins and excellent length. This has fleshed out nicely since I tasted it from barrel a year ago but should still be kept for a minimum of five or six years.


External Review
09/27/2011

Very French, as in Bordeaux; as in winemaking informed by years of experience; as in a wine that will develop and mature over time. For Phelps, that's very Napa. The '95 Insignia is a tannic and four-square wine in the best sense. It just needs time to show what it is all about. Its complex flavor profile of anise, plum, and light mint rides over a compact varietal base that doesn't call attention to itself. Cellar a few bottles for two to four years, then serve it with roast beef or lamb. But be sure to cellar a few more bottles to the ten-year mark. Patience is required and rewarded with Insignia.


External Review
05/22/2011

Firm, intense and concentrated, massive yet well-proportioned, with a dense, focused core of graphite, dried currant, blackberry, black tea, forest floor and blueberry flavors. Full-blown, finishing with rich, layered tannins that beg for cellaring. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2013 through 2025.


External Review
09/27/2011

A big, black wine, Insignia is a generous '98 capturing the Napa sun in its sweet and juicy heft. The flavors of blueberries and game show off its ripeness, the muskiness lasting as long as the fruit. It's round on the palate, the flavors almost grandiose in their youthful exuberance. Once calmed by time in the bottle, the complexities already apparent will take on increasing prominence. An impressive '98, this continues to improve with air - as it will with age.


External Review
11/30/2010

The 2004 Insignia (the first to be 100% from the estate vineyards) is a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot, and the rest Malbec. I had this wine several times in Napa, and it is a beauty. A flashy, exuberant style for Phelps, with dense ruby/purple color, a gorgeous nose of creme de cassis, incense, licorice, smoke, and spice, the wine has supple tannins, a flamboyant, full-bodied mouthfeel, and tremendous length. Despite its precociousness and up-front style, this wine should evolve easily for 20 or more years. There are 10,000 cases of the 2004.


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