1991 Togni, Philip Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML
  • WA 96
  • JG 95
  • IWC 92
  • WS 90

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WA 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2011
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... 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. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2016. - Antonio Galloni
JG 95
John Gilman - View From The Cellar, June 2014
If one presses Philip Togni to pick a favorite vintage at his Spring Mountain property since the first release in the 1983 vintage, the 1991 is the one that he chooses. And, it is easy to see why, as this youthful wine... If one presses Philip Togni to pick a favorite vintage at his Spring Mountain property since the first release in the 1983 vintage, the 1991 is the one that he chooses. And, it is easy to see why, as this youthful wine has all of the constituent components for future greatness on both the nose and palate. The bouquet is still on the young side, offering up notes of cassis, black cherries, cigar smoke, just a touch of incipient chipotles, stony soil tones, a bit of remaining bell pepper and tobacco leaf. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and bottomless at the core, with firm, ripe tannins, excellent focus and grip, great intensity of flavor and a very long, youthful and promising finish. This will be absolutely stellar, but give it at least another six to ten years’ worth of bottle age! 2022-2075. 95+
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2001
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... 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.
WS 90
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2002
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... 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. Drink now through 2008. –JL
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Vintage 1991

Label

First released in 1983, this is a wine made from estate grown fruit and bottled on the property.

Winery

Togni, Philip

Winery Description: Philip Togni Vineyard is a family-owned winery located 2000 feet above sea level in the Spring Mountain District just above St. Helena in Napa Valley. The first vines were planted in 1981 and included both Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. The 25-acre parcel was re-planted in the 1990’s on phylloxera-resistant rootstock and with a focus on red grapes. Togni models their blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot after Bordeaux’s Margaux AOC. Consequently, the are age-worthy, classic in nature and have a distinctly Old World personality.

Philip Togni, a man of Italian heritage with an English accent, earned his degree in enology under the legendary Emile Peynaud at the University of Bordeaux. He went on to work at Chateau Lascombes. Togni recently retired from active winemaking, deciding to slow down a bit at age 96. His career in Napa Valley includes some of the region’s best. Among his winemaking roles were Mayacamas Vineyards in 1958, Chappellet Vineyard from 1968 through 1972, and Cuvaison from 1975 to 1981.

Togni wines have been celebrated almost from the beginning. At a 1990 Brussels judging, their 1990 Cabernet was ranked above eleven other 1990 Bordeaux and California Cabernets by a professional panel and was thought by many to be a French wine. Philip’s daughter, Lisa, long co-owner and assistant winemaker is now fully in charge of the winemaking. Clearly, quality has not suffered. Antonio Galloni awarded the 2013 vintage of Philip Togni Cabernet Estate Sauvignon 100 points.