Joseph Phelps Vineyards Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

$215

The dense 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard (93% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec) offers sweet creme de cassis aromas interwoven with scorched earth, espresso roast, and licorice. Full-bodied as well as elegant with sweet tannin, gorgeous purity, and admirable depth, this effort has developed beautifully since I tasted it last year. It appears to have 25 or more years of aging potential. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Bill Bender Delectable Pro

If I was to identify a North Coast California vintage that is a “go to” right now I’d select the ‘05 without reservation, I’ve had so many spectacular samples lately and I’m smitten. This Backus was just singing tonight. Gorgeous, powerful multi dimensional nirvana.

If I was to identify a North Coast California vintage that is a “go to” right now I’d select the ‘05 without reservation, I’ve had so many spectacular samples lately and I’m smitten. This Backus was just singing tonight. Gorgeous, powerful multi dimensional nirvana.

9.5

Will Phelps Delectable Pro

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Very tight when we opened it. After an hour it was gorgeous - violets mixed with dark fruits and scorched earth.

Very tight when we opened it. After an hour it was gorgeous - violets mixed with dark fruits and scorched earth.

9.5

Matthew George Delectable Pro

Really well done. Fruit is elegant and soft. Balanced tannin. Showing so well.

Really well done. Fruit is elegant and soft. Balanced tannin. Showing so well.

9.1

Richard Hanke Delectable Pro

Stunning

Stunning

10

Mitch Powell

Christmas 2018 at Josh & Lu’s Casa.

Christmas 2018 at Josh & Lu’s Casa.

9.3

Angelo Rosati

Solid performer

Solid performer

9.5

Quinn McCord

Massive Red! Best I ever tasted! I don't let price dictate quality but it was so smooth and matched Mid Rare Ribeye so well!

Massive Red! Best I ever tasted! I don't let price dictate quality but it was so smooth and matched Mid Rare Ribeye so well!

9.4

Bill Talarico

Awesome wine

Awesome wine

9.5

Cole Kleiman

This is just a babe still. Hold. Wow, special.

This is just a babe still. Hold. Wow, special.

9.3

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