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1981 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oakville
Drink between 2013 - 2019 (Edit)
CT92.8 6 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 6

  • oldpdxwino wrote: 95 points

    May 20, 2021 - Clear bright red, lots of fruit like cabs used to be

  • iamandyc wrote: 93 points

    March 10, 2012 - Awful looking bottle I bought from Cellarsearchers for $10 - leaked, crusty, cork had been seeped past. Not a pretty sight but $10, lets give it a try. Fair amount of solids in the bottle. Originally a reddish color with little bricking. Deepened over the hour. A touch acidic early but that went away and this became a wonderful, mature cab. In complete balance. Fruit was on the plum side with a touch ofblood orange. Some leatherwith a silky smooth finish. Wow!

  • AlexHop wrote:

    May 15, 2011 - Barnyard and spice and oak. Complex interplay of flavors, classic aged Napa cab. Cherry, forest floor. Long finish. Tasted at Insignia Day 2011.

  • drwine2001 wrote:

    February 7, 2009 - Mature and Near Mature Trimbach, Burgundy, and Bordeaux (Palena, Washington, D.C.): Good color for its age. Compared to the old Bordeaux on the table, very ripe and simple except for a distinctly minty note. It has certainly held up, but it left very little impression beyond that.

  • shaferguy91 wrote: 89 points

    September 17, 2006 - Still youthful in appearance. No brown and deep dark color. A little bit of earth on the nose. Fruit good but probabling fading. Pretty good effort for a 25 year old CA Cab.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1981
  • 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 35 (67%)
  • Consumed 17 (33%)

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