Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard 2015 1.5L
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard is a blockbuster that does everything right, and I'm probably underrating this beauty. Incorporating a small amount of Petit Verdot and Malbec (which are always co-fermented), this deeply colored beauty gives up a massive bouquet of smoked black fruits, graphite, cassis, and tobacco leaf, with more minerality and black licorice with time in the glass. Possessing full-bodied richness, a mouthfilling decadence, sweet tannins, and a meaty, powerful style, count yourself lucky if you have any of this in the cellar. It will continue drinking beautifully for three decades or more.