Joseph Phelps Vineyards Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

$179

...A 1,100-case blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec, it is bursting with aromas of charcoal, scorched earth, barbecue smoke, lead pencil shavings, graphite, cassis, blackberries, and oak...It should last for three decades or more. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

Bright ripe dark & light cherries, blackberries, plum, blueberries, dry cranberries, strawberries, light spice, some baking spice, dry brown powdery earth, crushed rocks, leather, cedar, grey minerality, tar, anise, good acidity and a long ripe juicy fruit finish. Out of mag.

Bright ripe dark & light cherries, blackberries, plum, blueberries, dry cranberries, strawberries, light spice, some baking spice, dry brown powdery earth, crushed rocks, leather, cedar, grey minerality, tar, anise, good acidity and a long ripe juicy fruit finish. Out of mag.

9.3

Mitzi Inglis Delectable Pro

Marketing/Public Relations, Joseph Phelps Vineyards

From magnum. Biased review. #josephphelps #backus

From magnum. Biased review. #josephphelps #backus

9.4

Wulf Losee

2006 vintage opened February 2017. Very tight out of the bottle. Recommend you decant it, rather than waiting for it to open up in an uncorked bottle. Notes of toffee, raspberry, and peonies in the bouquet. Velvety tannins all the way through from the front palate to the back palate. A pleasant mild acidity prevents the soft tannins from getting boring. Earthy and mineral on the front of the tongue. Dried black figs on the back. A lovely wine. Some might say I've opened this bottle too soon, but I think it's good to drink now, and it will probably be good to drink 10 or 15 years down the road. Sorry but I don't have the patience to wait any longer.

2006 vintage opened February 2017. Very tight out of the bottle. Recommend you decant it, rather than waiting for it to open up in an uncorked bottle. Notes of toffee, raspberry, and peonies in the bouquet. Velvety tannins all the way through from the front palate to the back palate. A pleasant mild acidity prevents the soft tannins from getting boring. Earthy and mineral on the front of the tongue. Dried black figs on the back. A lovely wine. Some might say I've opened this bottle too soon, but I think it's good to drink now, and it will probably be good to drink 10 or 15 years down the road. Sorry but I don't have the patience to wait any longer.

9.6

Bill Bender

This wine is firing on each and every cylinder. Expressive nose, soft entry, long silky finish. Best Backus I've had since the '02.

This wine is firing on each and every cylinder. Expressive nose, soft entry, long silky finish. Best Backus I've had since the '02.

9.6

Richard Steinberg

Ripe fruit. Fruit forward. Not sure if this will age. Drink up.

Ripe fruit. Fruit forward. Not sure if this will age. Drink up.

9.3

Bill Bender

Decanted 4 hours at cellar temp. The oak is resolving, fine grained integrated tannins, bay leaf, underbrush. Really solid with many years left but ready now with air.

Decanted 4 hours at cellar temp. The oak is resolving, fine grained integrated tannins, bay leaf, underbrush. Really solid with many years left but ready now with air.

9.4

John Suliman

10.0 if you include the company

10.0 if you include the company

10

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