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Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard 2016

Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard 2016
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WA96-99: The barrel sample of 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard is blended of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot projected to age for 24 months in 100% new French oak and to be bottled in January 2019. Deep garnet-purple colored, it comes charging out of the gate with bold, expressive blackberries, Black Forest cake and freshly crushed blackcurrants notes with hints of kirsch, red roses, candied violets, mocha and cigar box plus hints of tapenade and chargrill. Medium to full-bodied with a very firm backbone and superbly ripe, fine-grained tannins, it simultaneously delivers great power and wonderful elegance, finishing long with an evocative ferrous character lacing the black fruit layers.

JD97-99: A different beast, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard offers the more classic, cooler, focused style of the vintage, yet is unquestionably in the same qualitative ballpark as the 2015. Vibrant notes of crème de cassis, damp earth, and ample rocky minerality all emerge from this full-bodied, classic, structured Backus Vineyard that’s going to need a good 7-8 years of bottle age. It’s a stunner.

Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Advocate
Jeb Dunnuck