2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, Backus Vineyard

Vineyard for
2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, Backus Vineyard
Vineyard
Backus
Appellation
Oakville
Location

South of Oakville Crossroad on the east side of Silverado Trail.

Acreage & varietals

20 acres Cabernet Sauvignon, 1 acre Petit Verdot, 1 acre Malbec.

Soil

Boomer gravelly loam composed of old rhyolitic bedrock.

Exposure

Afternoon sun radiates hills.

Unique features

Red-colored soil and long hours of sunlight retain heat; steeply terraced, 25% slope; well-drained, rocky soil imparts rich tannins and flavors of chocolate, berry and mineral.

History

Originally planted in 1975, Phelps held a long-term lease on the property from 1977 to 1996, after which he purchased the entire parcel.

Wines

Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.