1985 Cabernet Sauvignon, Backus Vineyard
Winemaker Notes A distinctive chocolate mint note dominates the black cherry and currant flavors. It's rich and fairly tannic, requiring a few years of cellaring. The finish displays the concentration and structure that bodes well for aging.
Winemaking Data Grapes were harvested at an average of 23.0° Brix, fermented in stainless steel tanks, and aged 14-16 months in 60-gallon French oak barrels before being blended, fined with fresh egg whites, and bottled in July 1987.
90 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
The 1985 Backus Vineyards is a stunningly rich, minty, multi-dimensional Cabernet, crammed with deep fruit, has superb ripeness, plenty of spicy oak, and a long, moderately tannic finish. (June 1989).
91 Points - Wine Spectator
A very well-crafted wine with hints of mint, cassis, ripe plum and concentrated Cabernet fruit with dusty wood flavors and loads of drying tannins on the palate. (June 1987)
Blend and Grape Sources 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot from independent growers.
Appellation Oakville, Napa Valley
Harvest Dates August 31 - September 6, 1985
Aging/Cooperage 14-16 months in 60-gallon French oak barrels before being blended, fined with fresh egg whites, and bottled in July 1987.