Our first Backus Cabernet Sauvignon was produced in 1977 from a 6.75 acre parcel leased from Marian Backus, and even then we believed this steeply-terraced hillside vineyard with its brick-red soil was capable of producing outstanding wines. Subsequent vintages, especially during the 90's, confirmed our belief, and when the entire 45-acre parcel (which included 21.5 plantable acres) was offered for sale in 1996, we enthusiastically bought it.
Still, even we were unprepared for the extraordinary quality that has come out of this vineyard in the last few years. The wines have been magical, with none surpassing the 2001 vintage for its trademark flavors of chocolate, berry and mineral, its silky texture and, perhaps most distinctive, its powerful, sweet tannins.
Release Date: Fall, 2004
Harvest Date: Sept. 13-26, 2001
Blend & Grape Source: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the estate-owned Backus Vineyard in Oakville.