Joseph Phelps Vineyards Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1986

$99

...remarkable. It possesses an opaque purple/black color with no lightening or amber at the edge. A huge, exotic nose of sweet, toasty oak, smoked herbs, grilled meats, and black fruits soars from the glass. This lusty, powerful, classically-structured Cabernet reveals superb richness, full body, and a long, sweet, rich finish... Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Gordon Walker Delectable Pro

Still quite lively, great birth year wine. Supple tannins, hints of dark fruit, solid structure backbone and integrated aromas

Still quite lively, great birth year wine. Supple tannins, hints of dark fruit, solid structure backbone and integrated aromas

9.2

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

Garnet with a tan outer rim. Rustic nose of figs, dates and cooked rhubarb. Cooked stawberries, rhubarb, strawberries, cranberries, plums, figs, dates, old cedar, crushed rocks, brown sugar, perfumed dry flowers, lean body & even finish. Maybe better five years ago but still nice and a treat to drink. Out of Magnum.

Garnet with a tan outer rim. Rustic nose of figs, dates and cooked rhubarb. Cooked stawberries, rhubarb, strawberries, cranberries, plums, figs, dates, old cedar, crushed rocks, brown sugar, perfumed dry flowers, lean body & even finish. Maybe better five years ago but still nice and a treat to drink. Out of Magnum.

9.1

Mitzi Inglis Delectable Pro

Marketing/Public Relations, Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Singing! From 3L. Biased review. #josephphelps #backus

Singing! From 3L. Biased review. #josephphelps #backus

9.5

Harley Carbery Delectable Pro

Director of Wine, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and Delano Las Vegas

Out of 6 liter!!

Out of 6 liter!!

9.3

Alexis Davis Iaconis Delectable Pro

Hospitality Director Copain Wines

Dried fruit, herbs, menthol and a little Brett/ best Cabernet I've tasted in a while

Dried fruit, herbs, menthol and a little Brett/ best Cabernet I've tasted in a while

9.4

Mark Flesher

Enjoyed last night and man oh wow. Outta left field, this one still has the color and depth to go another 10 years it seems, although I really think this was the perfect time to open this one from a classic Napa cab standpoint. Standing at just about 13.5%, this wine had a lot of green to it. Looking it up, apparently there were a lot of floods in Napa the year before this growing season, and the summer was a bit milder, yet Merlot was a little more impressive than cab. I think this translates to this wine, that had a rather earthy nose, green, weedy, fig, hint of plum. The entry of this wine was a little on the herbaceous side, with good fruit still very present in the front, but more of a fig and mellow licorice. Earthy middle, some herb, greener towards the finish, but it was really interesting how the finish of this one seemed to have more tannin than I would have expected. Overall, very complex Napa cab, and really awesome experience.

Enjoyed last night and man oh wow. Outta left field, this one still has the color and depth to go another 10 years it seems, although I really think this was the perfect time to open this one from a classic Napa cab standpoint. Standing at just about 13.5%, this wine had a lot of green to it. Looking it up, apparently there were a lot of floods in Napa the year before this growing season, and the summer was a bit milder, yet Merlot was a little more impressive than cab. I think this translates to this wine, that had a rather earthy nose, green, weedy, fig, hint of plum. The entry of this wine was a little on the herbaceous side, with good fruit still very present in the front, but more of a fig and mellow licorice. Earthy middle, some herb, greener towards the finish, but it was really interesting how the finish of this one seemed to have more tannin than I would have expected. Overall, very complex Napa cab, and really awesome experience.

9.2

Craig Williams

From the ' 86 vintage and IMO the best year from the challenging 80's decade, chocolate-mint aromas with slightly earthy quality- no direct connection with Brett. , yet if present is well integrated . Tannins are resolved yet apparent and slightly dry on the palate. What surprises me is the bright acidity, seemingly high compared to Cabs of today. I would like less acid, however . In total, not bad for a 29 year old wine that still exhibits life, good flavors and qualities from its unique vineyard site.

From the ' 86 vintage and IMO the best year from the challenging 80's decade, chocolate-mint aromas with slightly earthy quality- no direct connection with Brett. , yet if present is well integrated . Tannins are resolved yet apparent and slightly dry on the palate. What surprises me is the bright acidity, seemingly high compared to Cabs of today. I would like less acid, however . In total, not bad for a 29 year old wine that still exhibits life, good flavors and qualities from its unique vineyard site.

8.8