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1991 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oakville
Drink between 1996 - 2007 (Edit)
CT91.2 13 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 12

  • Mrbuzz Likes this wine: 91 points

    December 26, 2019 - A mag for xmas. First time the Durand failed me...well not really its fault, as the cork was like sawdust, and caked to the bottle neck like glue. The Durand just twisted right through the brittle cork...had to do some surgery on it, pretty much dig out the chunks, and filter the rest pushed into the wine. After a filtered decant...the wine showed a beautiful garnet color...very youthful looking, just the slightest of bricking. The wine was sound, subtle, and silky smooth. A delicate medium bodied, fine silky tannins, old school dusty cedar and bayleaf/mint, leather. Very fine and subtle...gained slightly in weight and body with some air, and beef, yet still a lot more delicate than I remember the Backus wines being, as well some other 91's I've had that were still pretty youthful and structured. Nose was tremendous...nice balance with the still sweet dark red berry fruits, old cellar cedar spice, and herbs. Drank well in a ho hum kind of way till the end. Nice...but had higher hopes for this, especially with all the killer 91's I've had in the last decade.

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  • ev3rthesame Likes this wine: 90 points

    November 26, 2016 - Surprised at how this wine actually opened up in the glass. Nose of fruit and woody chatacteristics short finish but you can taste the quality in this wine. A short decant and swirl in the glass helps. Cork was 50% mush on the bottom. Use an oso (two prong to open it).

  • stoneb wrote: 90 points

    September 4, 2016 - Pretty much same as before (4/15/12) although down a notch in most respects. Drink soon.

  • Neecies Likes this wine: 90 points

    December 6, 2014 - Big and earthy nose, very mellowed with mint and nutmeg on the palate. Some time beyond it's best day, but soft and comfortaing nonetheless. Drink up!

  • WoodieBayArea wrote: 89 points

    November 30, 2014 - Ok aged cali cab, wouldn't trade it for a big overdone young one on any night but nothing special, tasted like the oak was too much for the underlying fruit and structure but i may have this wrong and could have just been something else like oxidation, mouthfeel was good

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  • By Richard Jennings
    10/27/2006 (link) 95 points

    (Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard) Deep fig, clove and olive nose; sweet plum and black fruit palate with, soft, sweet tannins, and beautifully integrated oak; long finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    2/11/2004 (link) 93 points

    (Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard) Nutmeg, thyme and a little spruce on nose; still tight, tart cherry, cassis and black fruit palate, firm tannins; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1991
  • Type Red
  • Producer Joseph Phelps
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Backus Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Oakville

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 69 (51%)
  • Consumed 66 (49%)

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