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2001 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oakville
Drink between 2011 - 2023 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 44

  • Tranquility Base Likes this wine: 95 points

    January 23, 2023 - Christmas dinner wine. As with my previous bottle, this is much more subtle and smooth than what one might expect from a Napa Cabernet. It's a wonderful wine though, with so many nuanced flavors. Very elegant. We had it with a superb prime rib roast - obviously a great pairing. The bottle showed no signs of going south, so it probably could have aged for many more years. In fact, I wondered if it was in a bit of a quiet phase and might be better five or more years from now. This is possible. It remains one of the best Napa Cabernets I have ever had.

  • aerosol Likes this wine: 94 points

    December 2, 2022 - Sitting here with a glass from a 2 hour decant . The nose is fragrant and perfume . The color is still very youthful and the legs are climbing up the glass . I get blackberries, casis, hint of sweet tea, slightl hint of menthol and the finish is elegant with soft resolved tannins and a slight touch of acidity. The wine is superb with finesse in every aspect but it is missing the big bold in your face Cabernet experience . This is an outstanding Cabernet that is at the peak and maybe a little past . An amazing wine but now is a good time to make an excuse to drink it

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  • cabfrancair Likes this wine: 96 points

    November 29, 2021 - Wow, near perfect California cab
    Amazing complexity. This is why
    You keep a wine cellar!

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  • mlawren1 wrote: 95 points

    September 9, 2021 - Wow, this an amazing, Fresh wine. Layers of currants, berries and dark cherries. Just fluids into a smooth finish with mint and chocolate.

  • pucsolus Likes this wine:

    August 31, 2021 - Wine was off the charts good.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2004, IWC Issue #114 (link)

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

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2003, IWC Issue #108 (link)

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

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  • By Richard Jennings
    2/21/2012 (link) 91 points

    (Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard) Very dark ruby color; maturing, leather, tart cassis, tobacco nose; mature, tobacco, plum, leather palate; medium-plus finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2001
  • Type Red
  • Producer Joseph Phelps
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Backus Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Oakville
  • UPC Codes 010465208903, 010465229908

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  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 915 (60%)
  • Consumed 617 (40%)

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