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Community Tasting Notes (8) Avg Score: 91.9 points

  • really good, my Jan '15 note applies, though it was slightly more aged / secondary than on that occasion, beautiful especially if you like old-school, aged Cali cabs (which i do), this was slight less fruit and slightly more dry, fantastic again and a great wine to pour folks to show them what old Cali cab can be (at least many of those those made before 1996 or so)

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  • cellartv's note below resonates with me, but i didn't get as much of the non-fruit elements on the palate… drank around the fire with Buz, we drained it, cigars so no thoughts on the nose, palate was filled with red and blue fruits, medium plus body but exceptionally easy/elegant, enough acid but not in the forefront, therefore - esp with effectively no tannins left - super super smooth… what a joy to drink, if you had a headache or were stressed out, four or five sips of this wine would immediately put you at ease… what a pleasure, even if not monumental like some bottles of the '84

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  • Andes mint, campfire, sweet wood, potting soil, currant nose. Old school Cali, muscular with some tannin still and good acidity. Peppermint, sweet fruit, curry powder palate. Lovely.

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  • Velvet and vital, but light with slightly orange/ brown rim.
    Elegant and light-weight aromatics of Red and Dark fruit with mostly Red Currant and Cherry. Traces of Earthy and Leathery characteristics.
    Fresh Herbs and (Kitchen) Vegetables. Later also some Licorice and generally broader.
    Intriguing coolness in a minty freshness with decent scents of oak.
    Fascinating elegance with fine, multi-layered complexity!
    Fine, Dark Fruit flavors of Cassis and Blackberry comes with a play of Dried Herbs and Spices. Subtle minerality and tannins as well as filigree acidity. Soft and light mouthfeel- no weakness (!)
    Finishes medium-long with velvet Red Fruit, Anise and Peppery Spiciness.
    Beautifully integrated, complex and smooth on the palate.

    Even though the 1987 Backus Vineyard Cabernet seems to be past its prime, it still shows its distinct virtues. Yet, on a more quiet, but fascinating level!
    Nice complexity and great elegance in a very harmonious, medium-bodied wine, which should be enjoyed now or within the next years.
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  • From magnum with signs of leakage. Cork fell into bottle in one piece, so I was seriously worried from the first minute. Lots of bold black fruit on nose with aromas of eucalyptus and mint. Blackberry and black currant flavors, very intense to start followed by good spice in middle. Well structured, well balanced.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    September/October 2002, IWC Issue #104, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Joseph Phelps Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

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