Score: 90 Country: California Region: Napa Issue: Oct 15, 1994 Designation: Cellar Selection A bare-knuckled, hard-edged, dark and inky wine. Packed with chewy, tannic plum and cherry flavors. This is big and powerful, probably needing a decade to mature and soften. And even then it will be on the brutish side. Try it now. 1,565 cases made. Wine Advocate #97 Feb 1995 Robert Parker 90 Drink: now Joseph Phelps’ 1991 Cabernet Sauvignon releases all have been immensely impressive. The Backus Vineyard offering exhibits an opaque purple color, and a huge nose of cassis, mint, licorice, and toasty oak. Full-bodied, with great flavor extraction, this wine possesses an inner-core of fruit, lovely suppleness from the sweetness of the tannin, and a long, rich, authoritative finish.Drink now. Tel. (707) 963-2745.