Red

1997 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oakville
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Community Tasting Notes 39

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • WoodieBayArea wrote: 92 points

    December 28, 2018 - my 6/18/18 note says it well... if not for my pref for elegance over power this could have scored 93 or 94... loved by the family members who had it at Xmas dinner

  • WoodieBayArea wrote: 92 points

    June 18, 2018 - very very nice, with tons of time left... good balance of fruit (a touch of sweet) and structure, good acidity and hint of tannin, help up well over four hours

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

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  • 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 342 (62%)
  • Consumed 214 (38%)

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