In a great place and took honors tonight over other 1997's such as Caymus SS, Spottswoode, Lokoya HM, and by a hair even Shafer HSS, which was also stunning once again. Big dark brooding black fruit dominant aromas. Rich dense sleek palate profile, showing both nice contraction and good verve to match. Black spices and long finish. Very well balanced and fruit still showing good life and not stewed like the Spottswood, or showing much signs of maturity as the Lokoya and Camus were indicating on the edges. The heat of the Shafer HSS only noticable on the finish, let the Backus slide accross the finish line. A very very good wine and plenty of life left.
With D & D. Nose - beautiful cornucopia of red fruit with orange peel, coconut, slightly reminiscent of a Maya Mouth - lively fruit punchy, nice lively fruit that smack around the palate, with enough residual sugar to call it california
Complex nose with a lot of secondary characteristics, notably roasted meat, black fruit, cedar and graphite. Approachable palate, some muted black fruit, chocolate and subtle smokey and earth notes. Pretty balanced and the tannins have resolved nicely, drink up.
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