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1988 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oakville
Drink between 1993 - 2003 (Edit)
CT90.6 7 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 6

  • rexmerlot wrote: 90 points

    December 8, 2019 - Light garnet in color. Notes of leather, dried cherry, tobacco and chocolate. Dry, medium acidity, light tannins, med body. Shocked at how well this was still drinking. Still nice acidity, but still some fruit showing. Lots of those notes you expect from an older wine. Started to fall off after an hour. But for a 31 year old wine it was amazing.

  • Nanda wrote: 90 points

    May 19, 2018 - Beautiful nose with eucalyptus for days integrated with mature plum fruit. Palate has resolved tannin with good fresh acidity and lighter fruit. Lingering finish with more of that eucryaluptus.

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  • Burgundy Al wrote: 90 points

    May 19, 2018 - Wines Tasted at HDH Auction (Spiaggia - Chicago IL): Small glass, brief note. Wonderful combination of fully mature black fruit, mint and eucalyptus with overall good balance and length. Finish is a bit firm. Drinking well now, best to drink up soon.

  • acyso wrote: 90 points

    May 19, 2018 - HDH auction at Spiaggia; 5/17/2018-5/19/2018 (Chicago, IL): The nose is a touch funky, but it does blow off with a little bit of swirling. There's intense green eucalyptus notes on both the nose and palate here. The palate is fully resolved; honestly, this has likely seen better days, and it probably nearing the end of its life. But there's good fruit still, and a nice touch of earthiness.

  • ChaineMatt Likes this wine: 93 points

    December 13, 2016 - How does one rate a 28 year old wine? On the same absolute scale as younger ones? Or do we have a different standard? My rating is a compromise at best. This bottle showed stunningly perfect right now. Bright cherry fruit, soft acidity, a little spice, almost no tannins left, beautiful fragrant nose, a quite feminine character. Medium body. The wow factor was very high. Perfectly stored all these years.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1988
  • 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 010465228802

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 76 (79%)
  • Consumed 20 (21%)

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