• WS: 94

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  • RP: 97

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    97

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  • WE: 93

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    93

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Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Backus Vineyard 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

94-96+ points Robert Parker: ...deep ruby/purple color, a more subdued set of aromatics, loads of fruit, supple tannins, stunning concentration and a more explosive mouthfeel than the restrained aromatics suggest. Everything is here for a classic back-to-back success for Phelps. It is another 25+ year wine. (Dec 2010)

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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The Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon boasts aromas of licorice, violet, espresso beans, blueberry syrup and exotic spices. The texture and silkiness on the palate are seamlessly interwoven with concentrated layers of perfectly ripe tannin and fruit. Notes of minerality and sweet oak linger on the long finish.

94-96+ points Robert Parker: ...deep ruby/purple color, a more subdued set of aromatics, loads of fruit, supple tannins, stunning concentration and a more explosive mouthfeel than the restrained aromatics suggest. Everything is here for a classic back-to-back success for Phelps. It is another 25+ year wine. (Dec 2010)

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