2005 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard
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Grapes were harvested at an average 25.0 Brix, fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged 24 months in new French oak barrels manufactured by Taransaud, Dargaud, Jaegle, and Darnajou. The wine was subsequently bottled without filtration in January, 2008.
The 2005 Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon yielded a clasc, more European-style wine early on as it aged in barrel. The wine evolved slowly, showing beautiful weight and aromatics after one year which continued to increase after the second year. The result is a deeply ruby colored wine with hints of graphite, freshly ground espresso bean, crushed stones, ripe dark berries and plum, all of which contributes to an enticing bouquet. The texture is layered with ripe, well-integrated tannins along with a velvety, seamless finish. The 2005 wines are sure to be long-lived.