+ Add Critic Score

Submit a Critic Score

Score:

Name of Critic:

Close

Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Backus Vineyard 2010

Winemaker's Notes:

96 points Antonio Galloni (Wine Advocate): 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. (Nov 2013)

Joseph Phelps Vineyards:
Joseph Phelps Vineyards is a family-owned Napa Valley winery committed to crafting world class, estate grown wines. Founded in 1973 when Joe Phelps purchased a former cattle ranch in Spring Valley near St. Helena, the winery now controls and farms nearly 375 acres of vines in St. Helena, the Stags Leap District, Oakville, Rutherford, Oak Knoll District and South Napa Valley. Phelps is best k... Read more
Joseph Phelps Vineyards is a family-owned Napa Valley winery committed to crafting world class, estate grown wines. Founded in 1973 when Joe Phelps purchased a former cattle ranch in Spring Valley near St. Helena, the winery now controls and farms nearly 375 acres of vines in St. Helena, the Stags Leap District, Oakville, Rutherford, Oak Knoll District and South Napa Valley. Phelps is best known for its flagship blend of red Bordeaux varietals, Insignia, first produced in 1974. Awarded Wine Spectator’s “Wine of the Year” in 2005, Insignia is widely regarded as a qualitative benchmark for California winemaking. Annual production at Phelps includes Insignia, Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Eisrébe, Syrah and Viognier. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Backus Vineyard

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.50 5
Vintage: 2004 03/01/2009

Subtle and precise on the nose with very pure creme de cassis, hot iron and rocks and a touch of toast. In the mouth this is rich and chewy but so well balanced with wonderfully fresh, ripe fruit and a long, spicy, mineral rich finish. Really a baby but with grand potential and it really delivers alot already. Another Fine Backus, one of California's Grand Cru vineyards. 94pts.

User Tags:

OTBN09

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.50 5
Vintage: 1995 02/11/2009

This is performing on another level with a fabulous nose that offers up very ripe fruit that retains a cool sense of freshness, lovely integrated oaken spice, blackberry pie filling, a toastiness that recalls pie crust and some sweet, stewed vegetal notes in a very positive sense. Some sweet herb notes and a slight hint of spicy porcini emerge. This is big, dense and chewy yet elegant and lithe in the mouth with great acidity. there really is a surprising sense of elegance and a good level of complexity across the palate as the fruit is edged with bloody mineral tones and a gentle, medicinal bitter note that extends through the finish. This remains very youthfully taut and will benefit from additional time in the cellar. 2008-2020


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.50 5
Vintage: 1995 03/16/2010

With a huge nose of red fruits, sweet pumpkin pie spices, vanilla, and cream this explodes from the glass. There are slow to emerge note of rust and crushed vitamin that add a some depth and help cut the sweetness on the nose. On the palate this remains packed with fresh fruit but with obvious wood spice and somewhat aggressive wood tannins. The mid-palate is filled with vanilla tinged red currant fruit that is rejoined by the wood spice on the long finish. A classic California Cabernet. 93pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.50 5
Vintage: 1985 11/07/2008

This has a very subtle and restrained nose with excellent focus to the deep, rust and olive tinged black fruits with a touch of residual wood sweetness adding a coffee creme note with airing. This is just so smooth and rich with bold red currant and raspberry fruit, great length here and an underlay of mineral and spice notes that make a very impressive package. A bit more subtle and restrained than many Cali Cabs but so precise. Fantastic wine 94pts


Member Reviews for Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Backus Vineyard

Add your review
Snooth User: jennifer vaughn
109244084
5.00 5
05/12/2013

Five glasses


Snooth User: rar8888
1580261,286
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 11/10/2009

This is a great Napa Cab for this price. It is not as complex or long as more expensive bottles but it is a great example of the classic Napa notes for around $20. There are notes of bright cherry fruit, vanilla , and rasberry. There is a lot of fruit up front but that fades quickly into well rounded tannins and a short finish.


Snooth User: Jeroboam194
25405915
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 09/26/2009

One of the best cab savs I've had in the 20-30 price range! Excellent body with a wonderful expansive wine that's full bodied with flavors of cherry (mostly black) and some berry.


Snooth User: robg9000
32190910
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 01/03/2011

a great value - a bit smoother than many Napa Cabs but not without interest. It's neither complex nor bring. And it unlike so many other Napa Cabs drinks pretty well right out of the bottle. I bought two cases.


Snooth User: bnels210
642339220
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 06/28/2011

Four glasses


Snooth User: ChipWino
437316
5.00 5
Vintage: 2004 02/17/2008

Fantastic; one of the best that I've had in many years. Rich, long lasting dryness on the back of the tongue. Blackberry bouquet with a touch of cherry, but no fruity sweetness. Excellent body. Taste develops differently with each glass. Don't miss this one.


Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,448
4.50 5
Vintage: 2004 06/10/2008

Update: Got to try it again ... smoke and toast. Smooth, silky mouth feel. Great wine.


1 2 3 4 5

External Reviews for Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Backus Vineyard

External Review
Vintage: 2006 04/28/2010

Since 2004, 100% of the Bordeaux varietals used in the Insignia proprietary blend have been from estate vineyards. There are just under 15,000 cases of the 2006 Insignia, a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. Made in a dense, full-bodied, muscular style, it is less charming than the 2005, with high tannin, extract, and richness. The blackberry and cassis characteristics are accompanied by notions of damp earth, subtle oak, licorice, and forest floor. It, too will benefit from 3-4 years of bottle age, and should drink well for two decades or more


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
Vintage: 2006 08/24/2010

95+ points - Robert Parker"The 2006 Insignia (95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot; 16,000 cases produced) is a superb effort in this vintage. Another 30+ year wine, it boasts a dense plum/purple color as well as abundant notes of licorice, black currants, charcoal, black olives, and graphite. Full-bodied, pure, and rich with moderately high tannins, it represents a California version of a Bordeaux from Pauillac or St.-Julien. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2045." (12/09)95 points - Connoisseurs' Guide"Already amazingly seductive with wonderfully rich aromas of sweet oak, cocoa and fully expressed fruit making a first-rate introduction, this riveting young wine in no way lets up on the palate and delivers deep, multi-faceted flavors that combine ripeness, sweet oak and very precise fruit in near-perfect proportion. As is often the case with Insignia bottlings, it is so beautifully balanced that it invites early drinking, and, while we do not condemn giving in to its charms, we also would lobby strongly for patience as its best years lie down the line." 94 points - Wine Spectator"Teasing with its floral, spicy cherry, wild berry and currant aromas, this is full-bodied, firm and structured, tight and focused, offering glimpses of what lies ahead with its complex mix of flavors and tightly wound tannins. Yet its finesse and refinement are apparent on the finish. Needs time. Best from 2011 through 2018." (10/09)


External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/23/2011

AS for the 20,000+ cases of Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon, the 1997 is excellent. While not as open-knit and expressive as their Merlot, it is well-made, with attractive, cedary, tobacco, and black currant fruit, excellent color saturation, a spicy, sweet mid-palate, and soft tannin in its medium to full-bodied finish. It can be drunk now, or cellared for 12-15 years.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/23/2011

Shows the deft Phelps tough in the softly complex texture whose tannins are just as velvety as they come, and the ripe, pure fruit. The blackberry, cassis and red cherry flavors are enriched with vanilla and toast from oak. Drink this fine Cabernet now through 2008.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/23/2011

From a more flashy, flamboyant vintage, the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon possesses loads of up-front fruit, soft tannins, and plenty of alcohol. Low acidity and ripe tannin result in a plump style of Cabernet to drink over the next decade.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/23/2011

An elegant style, with ripe, vibrant currant and black cherry fruit that's well-defined, keeping the focus on the fruit while adding a cedary oak overlay. Drink now through 2012.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/23/2011

Shows the deft Phelps Cabernet touch, with softly complex tannins that frame ripe blackberry, cherry, spice and new oak flavors. So easy to like, you might not even notice the complexities of structure that keep you reaching for another sip. Drink now.


1 2 3 4 5  ...  21


96 points Antonio Galloni (Wine Advocate): 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. (Nov 2013)

Best Wine Deals

See More Deals

Cabernet Sauvignon Top Lists







Snooth Media Network