1994 Togni, Philip Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon - 1.5L
  • WA 97
  • AG 96
  • WS 90

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WA 97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2005
As is the practice at this winery they hold back 50 or so cases of their finest vintages for release after a decade. The current release of their library selection is the 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon a magnificent effort that... As is the practice at this winery they hold back 50 or so cases of their finest vintages for release after a decade. The current release of their library selection is the 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon a magnificent effort that for me is one of Togni’s six or seven finest wines. Its deep plum/purple color reveals only a touch of lightening at the edge. A glorious perfume offers up aromas of plums figs creme de cassis smoke hickory spice and high quality cigar tobacco. In a blind tasting this California Cabernet could easily be mistaken for a great Pauillac given its structure density richness and perfume. This 1994 is just beginning to move into its adolescence. Even though it has 20-25 years of life remaining it is approachable. It is a monumental Cabernet Sauvignon from one of the valley’s legacy producers.
AG 96
Antonio Galloni's Vinous, December 2014
Two bottles of the 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon (Library Release) have both been terrific. Today, at twenty years of age, the 1994 is firing on all cylinders, with breathtaking complexity and nuance to burn. The 1994 is a... Two bottles of the 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon (Library Release) have both been terrific. Today, at twenty years of age, the 1994 is firing on all cylinders, with breathtaking complexity and nuance to burn. The 1994 is a classic Togni Cabernet laced with savory/spiced overtones, graphite and spices, all supported by firm yet nicely balanced tannins. I imagine the 1994 will drink well for another decade or so, although I don't expect to see too much improvement from here. Sadly, all my bottles are gone.
WS 90
Wine Spectator, November 1996
Strikes a nice balance between toasty buttery oak and ripe cherry and plum flavors. It's not as big or as intense as this wine can be but it still packs in enough racy Cabernet flavor to hold your interest. Tannic but... Strikes a nice balance between toasty buttery oak and ripe cherry and plum flavors. It's not as big or as intense as this wine can be but it still packs in enough racy Cabernet flavor to hold your interest. Tannic but balanced. Try in 2001. 1752 cases made.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Vintage 1994

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.