2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Backus Vineyard
Library Magnum

Price $1000.00, $800.00 (Phelps Preferred)

Blend and Grape Sources 100% estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon from our Backus Vineyard in Oakville, Napa Valley.

Appellation Oakville, Napa Valley

Harvest Dates Sept. 29-30 & Oct. 7, 2005

Aging/Cooperage 24 months in 100% new French oak barrels from coopers Taransaud, Marcel Cadet and Darnajo.

Winemaking Data Grapes were harvested at an average 25.0° Brix, fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged 24 months in new French oak barrels manufactured by Taransaud, Dargaud, Jaegle and Darnajou. The wine was subsequently bottled without filtration in January 2008.

Winemaker Notes The 2005 Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon yielded a classic, more European-style wine early on as it aged in barrel. The wine evolved slowly, showing beautiful weight and aromatics after one year which continued to increase after the second year. The result is a deeply ruby colored wine with hints of graphite, freshly ground espresso bean, crushed stones, ripe dark berries and plum, all of which contributes to an enticing bouquet. The texture is layered with ripe, well-integrated tannins along with a velvety, seamless finish. The 2005 wines are sure to be long lived.

Vintage Notes The beginning of 2005 was wet; between January and the end of June there was an accumulation of approximately 25 inches of rain, which helped to sustain the larger than normal crop load. The significant bud fruitfulness and larger than normal cluster size in 2005 was due to perfect weather conditions in June/July of 2004 when the buds were forming. Optimum weather conditions during bud break, bloom and set served to solidify the crop size. Because shoots had three clusters instead of the normal two, thinning passes were conducted during the unusually temperate summer to balance the vine, improve air and light distribution within the vine canopy and ensure optimal quality. The extended hang time in 2005 also allowed for the development of balanced sugar and acidity in the cluster.

Reviews 94+ Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advovate
The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard is backward and restrained, and like so many wines from this vintage, exhibits the cooler climate and European style of the Bordeaux varietals. It is a fullbodied powerful wine, but it will need 5-7 years of bottle age, and last at least three decades. I believe it is only hinting at its ultimate potential given how closed the wine tasted but it is impressively endowed and well-made. (Dec. 2007)