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Date Printed: 10/24/2014
Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
(search item no. 119591)
collectible wine
older vintages

The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $225.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2002 vintage has the distinctive rich color we've come to associate with this vineyard, followed by a nose of licorice, minerals and dark roast coffee. Concentrated mineral and rich black fruit flavors predominate, and a seamless finish contributes to the wine showing exceptionally well, even at this early stage.
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About Joseph Phelps Vineyards:

Joseph Phelps Vineyards is a family-owned winery committed to crafting world class, estate-grown wines. Founded in 1973 when Joe Phelps purchased a former cattle ranch near St. Helena in the Napa Valley, the winery now controls and farms nearly 375 acres of vines on eight estate vineyards in St. Helena, the Stags Leap District, Oakville, Rutherford, Oak Knoll District, Carneros and South Napa Valley. In 1999, the Phelps family added 100 acres of vineyard property near the town of Freestone on the Sonoma Coast, where Phelps now grows Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Phelps is best known for its flagship Napa Valley 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.