Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard 2010
VM96: Espresso, mocha, cloves, violets and plums all meld together in the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard. Rich, sumptuous and layered, the 2010 boasts tons of depth and pure structure. Much more expressive than the 2010 Insignia is today, the Backus is relatively open at this stage. At the same time, though, the underlying structure suggests the 2010 will drink well for many years.
WA94-96: A deep, inky wine, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard is holding back much of its potential today. Firm tannins support a totally exotic and beguiling core of black fruit, violets, tar and savory herbs. The 2010 is exceptionally polished, but it is equally huge, imposing and tannic, at least today. I can’t imagine the 2010 will be ready to provide pleasure before its tenth birthday. This is a gorgeous, striking wine from Joseph Phelps. The 2010 is 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2035.