This winery is beautiful. The terrace tasting overlooking the rolling vineyards was an experience. You felt at such peace, it was so tranquil, and gorgeous. We tasted through six different wines, as we enjoyed several hours of relaxation with incredible wines and touring the winery.
Their flagship wine Insignia is recognized as one of the world’s greatest wines. 29 out of 34 vintages have rated 90 points or higher in various publications. A true Bordeaux blend 77%Cabernet Sauvignon, 18%Merlot, 3% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot, and 1%Cab Franc. During our visit we did taste the 2000 vintage in which I purchased and just opened a few weeks ago to celebrate a friend’s Birthday.
This has been one of my favorite Bordeaux blend’s for years. Why? It starts off with bright rich dark fruit, layers of complex fruit and spice, tobacco, hints of chocolate, long rich finish that is so smooth and silky. Vintage after vintage it drinks so well. It ages very well if properly stored.
When we were tasting we also tried the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Noir. After trying the Insignia and Backus oh my, how can you not fall in love.
I have only had Backus one other time and knew what a quality bottle this is. The only way you can get it is at the winery or every now and again a few bottles get leaked out into high end restaurants or a boutique wine shop. We tasted the 2001 Backus, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley.
Deep rich ruby color, beautiful aromas of dark berries. Full bodied, complex flavors of rich dark berries, dark chocolate, cassis, leathery, tobacco and beautiful oak to finish in a very lengthy long finish. Although it was a huge chewy wine it still had an elegance to it from being perfectly balanced. My rating **** Price $180-$200