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1986 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oakville
Drink between 1997 - 2012 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 20

  • GuanYu Likes this wine: 96 points

    August 6, 2022 - The bottle drank like a mature grand cru Left Bank Bordeaux, and with the flair of Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon. The bottle became better after 2 hours of breathing. It was the best bottle of the evening, against 7 other bottles including a bottle of 2004 Quilceda Creek cabernet sauvignon. A classic.

  • ffjxc wrote: 92 points

    December 24, 2021 - Blown away that this old lady still had so much fruit. Decanted it for 2 hours & it was a hit. Hints of cassis, cherry. Just a really nice bottle. In comparison I opened an '86 Insignia a few weeks back & that bottle was a bit better.

  • mflesh wrote: 92 points

    January 27, 2018 - Enjoyed last night and man oh wow. Outta left field, this one still has the color and depth to go another 10 years it seems, although I really think this was the perfect time to open this one from a classic Napa cab standpoint. Standing at just about 13.5%, this wine had a lot of green to it. Looking it up, apparently there were a lot of floods in Napa the year before this growing season, and the summer was a bit milder, yet Merlot was a little more impressive than cab. I think this translates to this wine, that had a rather earthy nose, green, weedy, fig, hint of plum. The entry of this wine was a little on the herbaceous side, with good fruit still very present in the front, but more of a fig and mellow licorice. Earthy middle, some herb, greener towards the finish, but it was really interesting how the finish of this one seemed to have more tannin than I would have expected. Overall, very complex Napa cab, and really awesome experience.

  • ffjxc Likes this wine: 94 points

    March 19, 2016 - Inky, very fruity with mellowing tannins. Amazing for a 30 year old Cabernet. We drank this side by side with a 1986 JPhelps Insignia and the Backus was the winner. A bolder wine than the Insignia with good fruit, mellow tannins in a refined style.

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  • winesnout wrote: 93 points

    May 18, 2014 - A classic old style Napa Cab. Mature ruby color. Intense nose of red fruit (plum) and lots of secondary aromas: tea, mint, rosemary, bell pepper. Medium to full bodied, definitely elegant and well balanced. Delicious and graceful at age 28. Here's the sad part: The price tag on the back says $ 23.99 - purchased in 1990 at a NYC wine store. The "Backus" 2010 at the some store is $ 189.99 today. Hhhhhhhm....

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1986
  • 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 010465228604

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  • Pending Delivery 2 (1%)
  • In Cellars 187 (70%)
  • Consumed 78 (29%)

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