2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Backus Vineyard
South of Oakville Crossroad on the east side of Silverado Trail.
20 acres Cabernet Sauvignon, 1 acre Petit Verdot, 1 acre Malbec.
Boomer gravelly loam composed of old rhyolitic bedrock.
Afternoon sun radiates hills.
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.
Originally planted in 1975, Phelps held a long-term lease on the property from 1977 to 1996, after which he purchased the entire parcel.
Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.