Unique blend of select lots from the Joseph Phelps-owned Backus Vineyard in eastern Oakville
50% North Block from around the smokehouse and 50% from the steeply sloped South Block
100% Cabernet Sauvignon showing dense, dark fruit with fragrant violet and graphite notes
Aged 24 months in a new Taransaud 5 French oak barrel
The Joseph Phelps Premiere Napa Valley 2018 lot was created from our Backus Vineyard, located on the eastern hillsides of the Oakville appellation, one of the most coveted grape growing regions in Napa Valley. With its distinctive red pigmented volcanic soils, Joseph Phelps has been the sole wine producer from this location for more than 40 years. A 100% Cabernet Sauvignon blend selected from vines planted around the property’s iconic smokehouse in the North Block, along with the steeply sloped and tightly spaced South Block. This one-of-a-kind blend will continue aging in a new Taransaud 5 French oak barrel for 24 months before bottling. The 2016 vintage Cabernet Sauvignon from Backus Vineyard highlights classic eastern Oakville terrior of dense, dark fruit, fragrant violet and graphite notes, with bold tannin structure and concentration.
Wine is unfiltered
Single vineyard wine
Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled
Winemaker, Joseph Phelps Vineyards
My passion for wine and food began while attending Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. In addition to earning a BS in Biology and a minor in Chemistry, my college years were marked by kitchen positions in some of Durango's finest restaurants. Upon graduation in 1998, I followed my culinary instincts straight to Chicago, where I worked for two years under celebrated chef Charlie Trotter. The fine dining profession soon cultivated my interest in wine and propelled me to accept a crush position at Joseph Phelps Vineyards in 1999.
Country born: United States
Education: Fort Lewis College
2005 Harvest at Chateau Angelus, St. Emilion
Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years
Minimalism - allow what the vineyard offers to reflect in the wine.
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