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1991 Philip Togni - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley - Red

USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley

Red Cabernet Sauvignon
Producer Notes

This family-owned and run vineyard, founded in 1981, sits near the top of Napa Valley's Spring Mountain. Formerly a producer of Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc, Togni Vineyards is now concentrated on its estate Margaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc. This age-worthy blend reflects Togni's early wine education and influence as a student of Emile Peynaud at... More »

Score
95
WA 96
WS 90
IWC 92
Drink Dates
Comm: 2010-2021 WA: 2011-2016 WS: 2002-2008
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IWC 92
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 96

Medium ruby, with a hint of amber at the rim. Aromas of maple syrup, smoked meat, tobacco, roasted nuts and tarry oak. A shapely, bright midweight, with surprisingly fresh cigar box and mineral flavors. Not quite unctuous but plenty dense, especially considering the large '91 crop. A more rustic style of cabernet than today Togni wines. Finishes with lingering flavor of cherry and spice. From grapes picked late and very ripe, says Togni.

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WA 96
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 198
Drink Dates 2011-2016

The 1991 Cabernet Sauvignon is another upcoming re-release from the winery's library. It is one of the most unique wines I have ever tasted from Togni. The warm year yielded an abundant crop. At the time, Togni also made a white wine. Because of the size of the crop, the harvest took longer than normal, which meant the red grapes spent a little longer on the vine than they would have otherwise. The 1991 presents an intriguing combination of raciness from the super-ripe fruit, but within the classic Togni framework. Sweet tobacco, camphor, savory herbs, licorice and worn-in leather are some of the nuances that add complexity to the fruit. Layers of liqueur-like sweetness frame the beguiling finish. The 1991 is currently peaking, and it won't last forever, but readers lucky enough to taste this wine are in for a real treat. I have been fortunate to taste the 1991 twice over the last few months, and it has been hypnotic both times.

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WS 90
Source Wine Spectator
Issue Web
Drink Dates 2002-2008

Intense and lively, offering a wide range of mint, sage, sandalwood, herb, currant, cherry and spice, with an unusual beefy bay-leaf edge to the flavors. Excellent length and fine balance on the finish.--'81/'91 California Cabernet retrospective.

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Author Patrick
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.007%
Tasted On 04/20/2013

Stunning nose, mature, classic togni cab, one of his best ever

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Author taipanli
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.835%
Tasted On 02/07/2012
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Author Conrad K
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.374%
Tasted On 08/25/2011
Drink Dates 2010-2021

Wow. This is spectacular. Earthy nose of blueberry on the nose. Balanced sweet tannins on the mid palate and a long finish. After an hour of air this really shows it's stuff and it still has plenty of life left.

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