The Year in Wine at CellarTracker. Check out CellarTracker Insights >
Red

1987 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oakville
Drink between 1998 - 2012 (Edit)
CT92.2 17 reviews
1987
N.V.
N.V.
Label borrowed from 1986
1986
Label borrowed from 1988
1988
Label borrowed from 1988
1988
Label borrowed from 1986
1986
Label borrowed from 1985
1985
Label borrowed from 1984
1984
Label borrowed from 1990
1990
Label borrowed from 1990
1990
Label borrowed from 1991
1991
Label borrowed from 1991
1991
Label borrowed from 1992
1992
Label borrowed from 1992
1992
Label borrowed from 1982
1982
Label borrowed from 1981
1981
Label borrowed from 1993
1993
Label borrowed from 1994
1994
Label borrowed from 1995
1995
Label borrowed from 1995
1995
Label borrowed from 1996
1996
Label borrowed from 1996
1996
Label borrowed from 1997
1997
Label borrowed from 1997
1997

Community Tasting Notes 13

  • Burgnick Likes this wine: 92 points

    September 6, 2019 - Mint, ecalyptus, tobacco, and sweet dark fruit. Soft and elegant with fresh acidity. Enjoyable.

  • Burgnick wrote: flawed

    December 12, 2018 - Corked

  • WoodieBayArea wrote: 92 points

    March 11, 2016 - i liked this a lot, others preferred the Beaulieu Vineyards Georges des Latour '95, this had good acid, nice red'ish fruits, some xmas spice... classic phelps backus but a little more high toned / med minus bodied than some other vintages (e.g. 1984)

  • WoodieBayArea wrote:

    February 28, 2016 - NR as no tasting notes (and had at significant elevation, which always seems to screw up my ability to judge palate, nose etc... anyone have that experience??), anyway my buddy loved this on our ski trip, for him it beat out the '97 Calera Mills Vineyard P/N, I thought this good but not great, hard to judge on this particular night

  • blanquito wrote: 92 points

    October 8, 2015 - Perfect fill and cork... Still has a good color, showing some ruby at the rim. Initially, this was out of sorts and showed a bit stewed, but it pulls together with some air and a cooler temperature. The bouquet is truly lovely, showing lots of mint-menthol, wrigley's gum, black tea, smoky notes, loam, some capsicum. The palate marries delicious candied fruit like cherry cordial with lots of cranberry brightness, a smooth mid palate, and a long woodsy-earthy-tannic finish. Grows pleasantly leafy and deeper with air. Despite some flamboyant notes, this is quite buttoned-down over all, with a dry palate impact. I really dig this, as its has the charms of an old school Cali Cab without that rounded softness that can make these flabby with too much age. Drink now or soon. 92-93 pts.

1 - 5 of 13 More notes

Pro Reviews 2

Add a Pro Review

Professional reviews have copyrights and you can view them here for your personal use only as private content. To view pro reviews you must either subscribe to a pre-integrated publication or manually enter reviews. Learn more.

Manage Subscriptions

View From the Cellar

  • By John Gilman
    Bonus Articles, California Cabernet Sauvignon: A Tale of Two Epochs (June 2003)

    (Joseph Phelps “Backus” Cabernet Sauvignon) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    September/October 2002, IWC Issue #104 (link)

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

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1987
  • 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 120 (75%)
  • Consumed 41 (25%)

Food Pairing

No food pairings available.

Who Likes This Wine

100% Like It  3 votes

More About This Wine

Articles

Report a Problem

Close
© 2003-23 CellarTracker! LLC.

Report a Problem

Close