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Date Printed: 7/23/2014
Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 121662)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $199.00

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
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
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2002 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2002 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

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2005 Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon yielded a classic, more European-style wine early on as it aged in barrel. The wine evolved slowly, showing beautiful weight and aromatics after one year which continued to increase after the second year. The result is a deeply ruby colored wine with hints of graphite, freshly ground espresso bean, crushed stones, ripe dark berries and plum, all of which contributes to an enticing bouquet. The texture is layered with ripe, well-integrated tannins along with a velvety, seamless finish. The 2005 wines are sure to be long lived.

Blend: 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec
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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.