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1997 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 »

WA 98
WS 91
IWC 92
Drink Dates
Comm: 2010-2019 WA: 2007-2037 WS: 2000-2010
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IWC 92
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 90

Saturated ruby-red. Wild, gamey aromas of black cherry, black olive, tobacco and iron. Lush, thick and sweet, with a lovely pliant texture. Cherry and raspberry flavors complicated by slightly sauvage notes of roasted meat, tobacco and minerals. Very long but still a bit disjointed on the finish. I'd give this cabernet a few more years in the bottle before pulling the cork.

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WA 98
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 174
Drink Dates 2007-2037

The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon has to be one of the great buys left for profound Napa Cabernet. He's done the aging for you, and of course the wine is still an adolescent in terms of aging potential. Brilliant notes of cedar, spice box, cassis, smoke, and licorice soar from the glass, as if this wine were pretending to be a first-growth Pauillac. Full-bodied, powerful, still with a boatload of tannin to resolve, and just a faint lightening of the dense purple color at the rim, this is a brilliant wine from a vintage that produced relatively quick-evolving wines, but no such thing is tolerated at Philip Togni. This is a great Cabernet Sauvignon with the exuberance, purity, and richness of fruit that Napa provides, but with a Bordeaux structure that Togni, with his Bordeaux upbringing, somehow builds into the wine.

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WS 91
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2000-2010

Definitely an earthy, beefy and leathery red, but that's just part of the story as its mineral, currant, berry and cedar notes grow in complexity and turn elegant, yet retain a hearty, rustic edge. 2,230 cases made.

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Author Patrick
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.007%
Tasted On 12/25/2013


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Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.118%
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Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.342%
Tasted On 12/11/2011
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Author Ricknat1
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.332%
Tasted On 04/02/2010
Drink Dates 2013

Great nose, but the tannins are still overwhelming the fruit after two hours of air. We will leave out and see if it gets better. We capped this overnight and opened for 8 hours the next day and drank with warm chocolate cake. It was delicious. The verdict, a great wine, but way too early.

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Author sbind
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.928%
Tasted On 07/20/2009
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Site / Blog   Trust Rating 93.22%
Tasted On 04/03/2009
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Author JJNocera
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 33.333%
Tasted On 01/01/2009

Surprisingly lost its fruit

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Author J Crawford
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 07/06/2008
Drink Dates 2007-2025

deep dark garnet (youthful?) color; nose was dark fruit, kind of earthy/cedary (bordeaux-like?) and really jumped out of the glass; smooth layered delicious taste; really extraordinary. must order more.

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