2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Backus Vineyard
Winemaker Notes A wine of great depth and integrity, 2017 Backus offers aromatic blackberry, blueberry, cocoa powder and black pepper with notes of forest floor and fragrant young violet. Powerful tannin structure envelopes vibrant layers of crushed rock minerality and black fruit with a fresh, inviting, lingering finish.
Winemaking Data Each block at Backus Vineyard remains separate during harvest and fermentation. The complexity of this vineyard can be highlighted through the fruit and depth found in the North and Plateau blocks paired with the structure and concentration in the steep hillside fruit grown in the South block.
Vintage Notes The 2017 growing season saw much needed record-breaking winter rainfall which helped replenish groundwater and the vines. The cool, wet start to the season delayed budbreak and bloom compared to the three previous years. The summer and fall months were warm with regular heat spikes to ripen the grapes. Overall, 2017 was reminiscent of the 1997 and 2015 growing seasons. The wines are fresh with ample, refined tannin and classic eastern Oakville character.
95 Points - Wine Spectator
Well-packed, featuring a range of steeped red and black currant fruit entwined with menthol, sage and tobacco notes, carried by an alluring swath of warm loam. Pretty grippy underneath, so put this one away for a bit. Best from 2022 through 2036. -JM, July, 2020
95 Points - James Suckling
Very flamboyant for the vintage with crushed blueberries, blackberries and flowers. Full and very rich with layers of fruit and tannins, which then pull back at the finish. Excellent wine with lots of polished tannins. Needs some time. Try after 2022. -Jan. 2020
(93-95)+ Points - Robert Parker Wine Advocate
It possesses exuberant scents of baked plums, black forest cake and crème de cassis with hints of sautéed herbs, beef drippings and dusty soil plus a waft of unsmoked cigars. Medium to full-bodied, the palate maintains the compelling signature of this single vineyard with loads of earth and mineral layers and a rugged, chewy frame, finishing with bags of freshness. -LPB, Oct. 2019
Blend and Grape Sources 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec and 4% Petit Verdot from our Backus Vineyard in Oakville, Napa Valley.
Appellation Oakville, Napa Valley
Aging/Cooperage 24 months in 100% new French oak barrels from coopers Taransaud, Marcel Cadet and Darnajou before bottling