Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard 2007
WA96-98: The finest of this trio is undoubtedly the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard, a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, and 3% Malbec. Explosive aromas of black currant and blackberry fruit intermixed with crushed rocks, acacia flowers, and hot earth jump from the glass of this inky/blue/purple-tinged Cabernet. There is superb density, a full-bodied, multidimensional mouthfeel, an expansive, savory mid-palate, and a dazzlingly long finish with high, but sweet, ripe tannins. This is a seamless example of Cabernet Sauvignon at its finest. It should be drinkable when released, and age effortlessly for 3+ decades.
VM94: Full ruby. Deep, brooding aromas of cassis, bitter chocolate and mint. Dense and ripe but quite penetrating, offering more stuffing and vibrancy than the 2006 version. Wonderfully broad and classically dry cabernet with strong mint and soil tones contributing complexity. Like the Insignia, this is quite refined for all its power. Finishes with big, broad tannins and superb persistence. A great early showing.