2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Backus Vineyard

Publication
The Wine Advocate
Author
Antonio Galloni
Volume
Issue #198
Date
December 23, 2011
Award
97 Points
Review

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 years in the cellar.

Publication
The Wine Spectator
Author
James Laube
Date
August 31, 2011 Wine Spectator Insider
Award
94 Points
Review

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. Drink now through 2022.

Publication
JamesSuckling.com
Author
James Suckling
Date
Spring 2011 - 2008 California Cabernet Report
Award
92 Points
Review

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. Very rich wine. Leave it until 2015.

Publication
The Wine Enthusiast
Author
Steve Heimoff
Date
December 31, 2011
Award
93 Points & Cellar Selection
Review

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. Should begin to blossom in 6–8 years and, given this wine’s history, will be rocking by 2020. Cellar Selection.