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1991 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard Oakville Napa Valley
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About Joseph Phelps

Joseph Phelps Vineyards was born out of owner Joseph Phelps's love for the Napa Valley, which he discovered while his construction firm was building a winery near St. Helena. Today, Joseph Phelps Vineyards produces several wines that are 100% estate grown, including the flagship Insignia, a lush, highly concentrated blend of Bordeaux varietals.

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1991 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard Oakville Napa Valley

Producer: Joseph Phelps
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: California
Region: Napa
Appellation: Oakville

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Exceptional- seek out this wine.
12/15/2005
by martin10588782
Slow to open (givern it's age and vintage). Then lush nose of darker berries and menthol- then offering aromas of Chinese 5 spice (star anise in particular). Oak is flawlessly integrated and the tannins have fully dissipated. The mouth was extremely full (even exuberant?) and still fruitful. More substantial and full bodied than 1995 Napa Silver Oak served at the same meal. The finish was silky and luxurious. Only downside was the finish was not a 60+ second affair- maybe more like 30-45 seconds. But what divine seconds they were!!

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About Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles...
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