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2008 Joseph Phelps "Backus" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1076639 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus is a beautifully delineated wine endowed with tons of personality and sheer class. The wine comes alive in the glass, with crushed rose petals, dark raspberry jam, licorice and spices. There is an exotic element to the fruit that is highly appealing. Today the tannins are quite firm, suggesting the wine needs at least a few more years in the cellar. (AG) Inner quote mark (12/2011)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Firm and intense, this is beautifully structured, with a tight, vivid core of mineral-laced raspberry, black cherry, anise and cedar flavors. Full-bodied and firming nicely on the finish, where the minerality provides a flinty edge. (JL) Inner quote mark (11/2011)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright ruby. Aromas of blueberry, crushed stone, licorice and violet. Very tight and energetic, with dark berry flavors complicated by meaty, smoky and saline nuances. Ultimately creamier than the Insignia, this saturates the entire mouth and leaves the taste buds vibrating. Finishes with major tongue-coating tannins, superb persistence and captivating minerality. (ST) 93+ Inner quote mark (6/2011)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark A big wine, saturated in color and tremendously extracted in fruity richness. Explodes in blackberries, cassis and sweet new oak, and the tannins are strong and refined. Not particularly drinkable now, because the parts are only clumsily melded, but seems like a serious cellar candidate. *Cellar Selection* Inner quote mark (12/2011)

92 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Very woody nose of grilled hazelnuts, smoke and chocolate but plenty of currants and other fruits underneath. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a fruity finish. Inner quote mark (6/2011)

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