1992 Cabernet Sauvignon, Backus Vineyard
This steeply-terraced hillside vineyard received almost ten hours of sunlight per day, directly influencing the ability of the grape to ripen and mature. The gravelly, well-drained, rust-red soil further contributes to the unique properties of this rugged site, and brings to mind the French phrase "Goût De Terroir" or "taste of the soil". The term refers to the unique, yet subtle, aroma and flavor components of a wine that are specific to the site where the fruit is grown, and implies the terroir itself primarily influences the style of the wine, with winemaking technique playing a supporting role.
Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons consistently demonstrate this "taste of the soil" in their powerful, ripe fruit flavors, round, mouthcoating tannins, and smooth, velvety finish.
Winemaking Data Grapes were harvested at an average of 23.6° Brix, fermented in stainless steel tanks, and aged 25 months in 60-gallon French oak barrels and bottled in January 1995.
92 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
The stunning 1992 Cabernet Sauvignons include the less minty, but opulent, rich, full-bodied, highly-concentrated, creamy textured 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon, Backus Vineyard. Long known for its minty, chocolate-scented nose, the 1992 displays plenty of cassis and chocolate, but less mint than usual. (June 1995)
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Medium full body. Medium acid. lots of fruit. medium oak tannin. Mint, violets, black fruits, white pepper. Highly spiced, mint-redolent fruit is blended with soft oak. Complex and well rounded. (Dec. 1995)
Blend and Grape Sources 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Merlot from estate-owned vineyards.
Appellation Oakville & Rutherford, Napa Valley
Harvest Dates August 28, 1992
Aging/Cooperage 25 months in 60-gallon French oak barrels before being blended and bottled in January 1995.