1993 Cabernet Sauvignon, Backus Vineyard
The Backus Vineyard consists of a small parcel located southeast of the intersection of Silverado Trail and Oakville Crossroad. Planted to Cabernet Sauvignon in 1975, its first crop was harvested in 1977 (the year we acquired a long-term lease on the property) and bottled separately with a single-vineyard designation.
The distinctive flavors of Backus Vineyard Cabernet are attributable to a number of factors specific to this rugged site including the steep hillside slope upon which the vines are planted, the western-facing exposure which receives almost ten hours of sunlight per a day, and the gravelly, well-drained soil. Fruit tends to be riper, flavors stronger, and tannins more powerful without biting or harsh. It is really perhaps the quality of the tannins that really sets this vineyard apart, along with the chocolate, mint and ripe berry flavors that are the hallmarks of Backus Vineyard fruit.
In 1993, low crop yields intensified both flavors and tannins, yielding a wine that will reward collectors for many years to come.
Winemaking Data Grapes were harvested at an average of 23.5° Brix. After fermentation, the wine was aged 26 months in 60-gallon French oak barrels and bottled in January 1996.
93 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
The opaque black/purple colored 1993 is an exceptional wine, offering up huge, chocolatey, smoky, cassis flavors, a vaguely minty scent, immense texture, and a full-bodied, powerful personality. (Dec. 1995)
93 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated ruby-red. Very green aromas of herbs, pine resin and eucalyptus. Tight and green in the mouth. The fruit came in with higher sugars than the '93 much greener and more austere. (May/June 1996)
Blend and Grape Sources 100% Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon from the estate-owned Backus Vineyard.
Appellation Oakville, Napa Valley
Harvest Dates September 1, 1993
Aging/Cooperage 26 months in 60-gallon French oak barrels and bottled in January 1996.