1991 Cabernet Sauvignon, Backus Vineyard
Winemaker Notes Vineyard-designating a wine implies the presence of aroma and flavor components distinctive to the site where the fruit is grown. Because of it unique combination of soil composition and site exposure, the Backus Vineyard is among that select group of California vineyards worthy of special designation. Over the years, this ruggedly unique parcel has turned out a series of remarkable wines, distinctive for their exotic flavors of berry, mint and chocolate. The 1991 release is packed with fully-developed fruit flavors and extract.
Winemaking Data Grapes were harvested at an average of 23.7° Brix, fermented in stainless steel tanks, and aged 19 months in new 60-gallon French oak barrels before being blended and bottled in late June 1993.
94 Point - Wine & Spirits
Winemaker, Craig Williams, at Phelps has been using fruit from this exceptional vineyard for years, and this rendition is one of his best. The deep color can best be described as royal purple. Mint and eucalyptus in the developing bouquet lead to concentrated cassis flavors with hints of cinnamon. Though flavors are highly extracted, the wine is by no means ponderous or excessively tannic. (Feb. 1995).
90 Points - Robert Parker, Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide (3rd Edition)
The 1991 Backus Vineyard exhibits an intensely minty, chocolatey, cassis-scented nose as well as dense, ripe, potentially outstanding flavor. (1993)
93 Points - The Wine Spectator
Bold, ripe and intense, with concentrated herb, currant and cherry flavors. Shows plenty of tannins too, but has all the ingredients. (May 1992)
Blend and Grape Sources 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot from estate-owned vineyards.
Appellation Oakville & Stag's Leap, Napa Valley
Harvest Dates September 27-90, 1991
Aging/Cooperage 19 months in new 60-gallon French oak barrels before being blended and bottled in late June 1993.