2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, Backus Vineyard
Winemaker Notes Concentration was the defining characteristic of 2004 grapes in both color and flavor. The Backus Cabernet Sauvignon reveals generous flavors of dark fruit, black currant, graphite, baking spices, liquid mineral and dark rich chocolate. The wine lingers on the palate, is full of supple tannins and ends with a brilliant finish.
Winemaking Data Grapes were harvested at an average 25.0° Brix, fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged 23 months in new French oak barrels manufactured by Taransaud, Dargaud, Jaegle and Darnajou. The wine was subsequently bottled without filtration in December 2006, and production was limited to 1500 cases.
High quality and reduced yields characterized the 2004 vintage, which started out quite warm in early spring, then settled into a balmy weather pattern through July and most of August where mornings were cool and afternoon temperatures stayed in the low to mid-90’s.
However, on August 27th a three-week heat spell began with many days measuring over 100 degrees. As a result, some of the ripening fruit became dehydrated and had to be removed from the vines prior to harvesting. Depending on location, crop yields were reduced ten to forty percent.
Our job in crafting the 2004 wines was to moderate over-ripe characteristics, but from the very beginning, the aromas and flavors drifting out of the fermenters signaled outstanding quality. Color and extract were high. In barrel, reds appeared rich and forward in structure -- characteristics that have continued to evolve and develop with bottle age.
95 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard . . . includes small amounts of Petit Verdot and Malbec in the blend. An inky/purple color is followed by a big, opulent, full-throttle bouquet of graphite, blackberries and acacia flowers. With fabulous fruit purity, richness, and a savory, expansive, full-bodied mouthfeel, it should provide immense pleasure over the next two decades. (Dec. 2006)
Blend and Grape Sources 100% estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon from our Backus Vineyard in Oakville, Napa Valley.
Appellation Oakville, Napa Valley
Harvest Dates Sept. 13-22, 2004
Aging/Cooperage 24 months in 100% new French oak barrels from coopers Taransaud, Marcel Cadet and Darnajo.