2012 Joseph Phelps Backus, Oakville
Vintage : 2012
Country : USA
Region : Napa Valley, Oakville
The 2012 Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon boasts classic Oakville dark fruit, violet and graphite followed by dried blueberry, cardamom, cigar box and salted caramel with a dusting of cocoa powder throughout the palate. Powerfully concentrated with a refined, silky texture and long lingering finish.
The Cabernet Sauvignon Backus is their single-vineyard wine made on the lower hillsides of the Vaca Mountains at the Oakville crossroads. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus, a blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot, spent 24 months in 100% new French oak. There are 2,900 cases of this massive wine, which is certainly the most backstrapping, highly extracted, muscular Cabernet in the Phelps portfolio. It is inky bluish purple to the rim, showing notes of underbrush, dusty soil notes and plenty of blackberry and blueberry fruit. An elegant and relatively large production for this vineyard, the 2012 is a beauty and the tannins are surprisingly civilized for such a young Backus. It can be drunk in 3-4 years, but will keep 30 or more.