Robert Parker 95+
"The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate remains one of the finest bargains for long-lived California Cabernet Sauvignon. A dense purple color is followed by stunning aromatics of creosote, black olives, blackberries, cedar, and cassis. Full-bodied with a multi-layered texture, decent acidity, and substantial, but ripe, noble tannins, this excellent effort will benefit from 5-6 years of bottle age, and will be another 30+ year wine.
This is an irrefutable source of remarkable Cabernet Sauvignons that last 20-30+ years! Philip Togni is a no-nonsense, tough-minded guy who is working alongside his daughter, so the succession at this winery is guaranteed should he ever decide to retire."
International Wine Cellar 93
"Bright medium ruby. Black fruits, dark chocolate, leather and earth on the slightly stunted but pure nose. Large-scaled and impressively concentrated, offering briary mountain berry flavors complicated by an exotic element of dark chocolate liqueur and nicely lifted by underlying minerality. This seriously deep, youthfully inky wine finishes with powerful building tannins and outstanding length. Even better than I suggested a year ago. "The tannins are strong, so this wine should be good in ten years," said Philip Togni, who feels that his 2005 is more approachable today. Incidentally, the Tognis have had their own bottling equipment from the very beginning-a rarity for a winery that releases just 2,000 cases in a good year. 93(+?) points"
"The 2006 weather was perfect for growing grapes here on our ten-acre vineyard at 2000 feet on Spring Mountain overlooking the Napa Valley. All our wines are made from the grapes we grow and are therefore "Estate Bottled." Harvest proceeded smoothly, the wine was put into 40% new Nadalié and Taransaud barrels by November, underwent its traditional seven rackings and was bottled after 20 months during August of 2008. The composition is 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 2% Cabernet franc and 1% Petit Verdot, reflecting the way the vineyard is planted. We copied this encépagement from the commune of Margaux in the Médoc, where Philip worked during the mid 1950’s, and it has worked very well for us. I am confident that our ‘06 will take its place in the near future as a worthy peer of vintages like our ‘94, ‘95, and ‘96 and the later ‘01 and ‘04." ~ Winery notes
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"This is an irrefutable source of remarkable Cabernet Sauvignons that last 20-30+ years! Cabernet enthusiasts who have not yet discovered Philip Togni should be on a crusade for his wines, which will handsomely repay extended cellaring." -Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
There are few winemakers still living with the kind of history that Philip Togni has under his belt. Long before his eponymous winery was even conceived, he was crafting some of the most iconic wines in California. After a year at Mayacamas (1959), he became the founding winemaker for Chalone, worked at Inglenook for a year, became the founding winemaker for Chappellet (producing the acclaimed 1969 Cabernet Sauvignon that is still regarded as one of the greatest ever produced in California), and finally at finished out the 1970's at Cuvaison.
In 1981, while still employed at Cuvaison, he began planting his own vineyard on Spring Mountain and it is here that he has cemented his legacy. Starting with the 1983 vintage he has produced an unbroken string of world class wines; age-worthy, classic, and incredible. Although Philip is still very involved, since 2007, his daughter Lisa has taken the lead more and more. The good news is that she shares her father's gift for winemaking and shows no interest in changing anything at this venerable estate.
While the trends have ebbed and shifted throughout the past three decades, Philip and Lisa have remained true to the style that made the name Togni legendary. It's a thrill to taste these wines, knowing you are tasting history in the making.
Legendary. Iconic. Benchmark. These are words that can only truly be earned with time, and Philip Togni Vineyard has earned the right to use them all.