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1997 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oakville
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Community Tasting Notes 41

  • gteran76 Likes this wine: 94 points

    July 29, 2020 - I took my last bottle to our monthly CWG (blind tasting) and it was the wine of the night, the closest someone got on the year was 2005! This wine is vibrant and beautifully balanced, nice bouquet and mid palate and lovely finish.

  • gteran76 Likes this wine: 93 points

    December 21, 2019 - Taken to our monthly (blind) CWG. This was the favorite wine for half of the group (8 people). Not showing it’s age, it felt like a 12-15 years old left bank. The body is medium plus, good consentratuin and balance of fruit, acidity and oak. It’s low in tannins so I would drink fast rather than holding.

  • WoodieBayArea wrote: 91 points

    May 8, 2019 - call it 91/92... I had greater expectations for this wine... it had the kind of structure (acid and body) that I like (ie not super big, round, flabby, fruit-bomby) but frankly there wasn't enough fruit on the palate... could this have been shut down for now... hmmm... took to a blind tasting and this didn't attract as much attn as I had assumed it would

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • galewskj wrote: 93 points

    April 7, 2019 - Reruns - The Wine Event: Not decanted, this was big, and the tannins are resolved. Blueberry and blackberry along with earth and maybe some leather. This was not overly complex, but it was incredibly satisfying.

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  • rocknroller wrote: 93 points

    April 4, 2019 - Reruns (Joe & Kehm's Place, Mpls): Purple red color, 3mm tranisitional margin. PNP, drank a glass over 90 minutes. I'd never had this vineyard before so this was a treat. Big, impressive, blackberry, cassis, rich and powerful, lots of glycerin, layers of dark fruit, youthful, plush tannins, dirt, black cherry, no aok showing. Really good. This has got a lot of life left too.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2000, IWC Issue #90 (link)

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

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1997
  • 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, 010465229526

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  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 344 (56%)
  • Consumed 265 (44%)

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