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Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 'Backus Vineyard' 2018
97 Points James Suckling... Aromas of mint, dark berries and black olives follow through to a medium to full body with lightly chewy and layered tannins that are long and focused. Lots of black olive and conifer undertones, yet it remains subtle. Very long.
96+ Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate... The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard is a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 4% Malbec, aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak. Deep purple-black coloured, it soars out of the glass with notes of plum preserves, baked black cherries and crème de cassis, plus nuances of crushed rocks and unsmoked cigars with a touch of cardamom. The palate is full-bodied and seductively rich, delivering mouth coating black and blue fruit preserves with loads of exotic spice accents and a velvety texture, finishing long with a refreshing herbal lift.