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Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Napa Valley 1997  - First Bottle


93 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
From a hillside overlooking the Oakville District, Phelps produces small quantities of their single vineyard Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, which is aged in 100% new French Taransaud oak. The sensational 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard is a muscular, highly-extracted, full-bodied effort that requires 3-4 years of cellaring. Although not very approachable, it displays great fruit intensity in its huge, thick, viscous flavors redolent with black currants, new saddle leather, spice box, and toasty oak. Long, powerful, and intense, it exhibits both sweet tannin and immense concentration.

Technical Details

  • BlendCabernet Sauvignon
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia North Coast
  • AppellationNapa Valley
  • VineyardBackus Vineyards

Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Napa Valley 1997

Cabernet Blends  |  US
WA93, ST92

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About the Producer

Joseph Phelps Vineyards is a family-owned and operated wine estate with vineyards and wineries in Napa Valley and on the western Sonoma Coast. The winery was founded in 1973 by Joseph Phelps, a successful construction executive and entrepreneur whose early interest in wine led him to establish vineyards on a 670-acre former cattle ranch in Napa Valley. Over the next 42 years Joe became one of the most respected figures in the California wine industry, building Joseph Phelps Vineyards into a critically-acclaimed winery internationally known for its iconic wines and unwavering commitment to quality. Joseph most notably created the first ever "fanciful name" for his flagship wine Insignia, which had a dramatic effect on the way wine was marketed around the world to this day.