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2015 Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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September 10, 2023 - $160



98Jeb Dunnuck

A blockbuster that does everything right... deeply colored beauty gives up a massive bouquet of smoked black fruits, graphite, cassis, and tobacco leaf.... Possessing full-bodied richness, a mouthfilling decadence

97The Wine Advocate

Deep garnet-purple color and quite a savory/meaty nose over a core of baked plums, warm cassis, redcurrant jelly and mulberries with touches of rosemary roasted lamb, truffles... Full, rich, concentrated and oh-so-decadent in the mouth

97+ Vinous / IWC

Dense, powerful and explosive...The density and resonance of the fruit is striking

95James Suckling

Red fruits, dried herbs, tobacco and leafy notes. This has a dense and layered palate with very ripe tannins, as well as a fresh edge to it all. The tile, rust and terracotta give this wine lots of character and style. A juicy finish. Savory.


United States, California, Napa Valley

Napa Valley AVA is the most famous winemaking region in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world. With nearly 43,000 acres of vineyards and more than 300 wineries, it is the heart of fine wine production in the United States. Winemaking started in Napa in 1838 when George C. Yount planted grapes and began producing wine commercially. Other winemaking pioneers followed in the late 19th century, including the founders of Charles Krug, Schramsberg, Inglenook and Beaulieu Vineyards. An infestation of phylloxera, an insect that attacks vine roots, and the onset of Prohibition nearly wiped out the nascent Napa wine industry in the early 20th century. But by the late 1950s and early 1960s Robert Mondavi and other visionaries were producing quality wines easily distinguishable from the mass-produced jug wines made in California’s Central Valley. Napa Valley’s AVA was established in 1983, and today there are 16 sub-appellations within the Napa Valley AVA. Many grapes grow well in Napa’s Mediterranean climate, but the region is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay is also very successfully cultivated, and about 30% of the AVA’s acreage is planted to white grapes, with the majority of those grapes being Chardonnay,


Red Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the most widely grown grape varieties, it can be found in nearly every wine growing region. A cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a hardy vine that produces a full-bodied wine with high tannins and great aging potential.