Red

2005 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa Valley
  • > Oakville
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Community Tasting Notes 36

  • mrmedoes Likes this wine: (94 points)

    May 3, 2014 - Short line: "a big boy with finesse." Giant Oakville cab nose on this that is appealing to say the least. It had just a touch of vegetal character at open, but left to grab some slow o for four hours, it burned off. Acidity is a great cutter here. I'm betting it will integrate better in late age, but I'm pretty sure that if you had a beef pairing, this would be outstanding as the acid cuts the fat. Big tannins if you hold the finish, but they're not unbearable. For the curious (me), totally drinkable and approachable.

  • Robert Pavlovich Likes this wine:

    April 4, 2014 - Oozes class and expensive oak on the palate with gobs of wood and tannin but its already well integrated, giving the wine a creamy texture, and plenty of vanilla extract. Good freshness. Hedonistic fruit. Should age well for at least a decade.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • grafstrb wrote:

    March 29, 2014 - -- popped and poured --
    -- tasted a single pour, blind, over approx. 20 min. --

    Black cherry Nose. Medium bodied. “Soft” palate: blackberry; typical; fine tannins. The reveal surprised me, as this didn’t really strike me as anything special at all.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Wine-Strategies wrote: flawed

    January 11, 2014 - TCA, bummer.

  • rhanke wrote: (92 points)

    December 14, 2013 - nice aroma, great balance

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type Red
  • Producer Joseph Phelps
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Backus Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Oakville
  • UPC Code 010465229908

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1830 (82%)
  • Consumed 404 (18%)

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Who Likes This Wine

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