Joseph Phelps 3 Bottle Vertical Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1990, 2000, 2010)
3 Bottle Vertical Includes:
- 1990 Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
The fruit is riper, flavors are stronger, and tannins are powerful and elegant without being biting or harsh. It is perhaps the quality of tannins that really sets this vineyard apart, and the 1990 bottling, while full of chocolate, mint and berry flavors we associate with Backus fruit, contains the distinctively soft tannins that make this wine a favorite of both collector and consumer alike.
Rated 92 Points: Robert Parker
- 2000 Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Grapes on the western-facing, steeply-sloped Backus parcel achieved optimal ripeness within a relatively brief period of time, producing a wine with luscious, ripe fruit flavors, concentrated aromas of black fruit, cinnamon and spice, and supple tannins with hints of cassis, spice and coffee on the palate.
Rated 92 Points: Wine Spectator
- 2010 Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2010 Backus is loaded with aromatic violet and black cherry, with hints of dates, forest floor, graphite and allspice. There is a beautiful elegance and seamless integration to this wine that lends to rich black fruit up front on the palate, followed by an ultra long finish.
Rated 96 Points: Vinous
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.
Home to some of the most sought-after Cabernet Sauvignon in America, Napa Valley’s Oakville district stretches across the center of Napa's valley floor and foothills between the Vaca and Mayacamas Mountains. This AVA is home to the legendary To Kalon Vineyard and Martha's Vineyard, as well as many powerhouse wineries including Screaming Eagle, Silver Oak, Robert Mondavi, Opus One, Far Niente and Groth.
The climate is generally warm and agreeable, resulting in year after year of favorable vintages. Summer days see a gentle tug of war between warmer inland air and the cool air coming in from the San Pablo Bay, creating an ideal environment to grow red varieties. Oakville's diverse soils, namely ancient sea bedrock, clay and gravel, are well-drained, and perfect for high-caliber viticulture.
Cabernet here is often bottled varietally but is also popular in Bordeaux Blends. Oakville wines are known for their silky, sensual textures, structured tannins, dark and brooding fruit and lovely aromatics. These age-worthy and prestigious wines are favored by collectors throughout the world.
A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbecand Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.