1998 Togni, Philip Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML

  • JG 91
  • WA 90

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John Gilman - View From The Cellar, June 2014
1998 was another cool year- similar to 2011 notes Lisa Togni- and the wine is just a touch high-toned as a result in comparison to more complete vintages from this decade such as the 1996. The bouquet is deep, black... 1998 was another cool year- similar to 2011 notes Lisa Togni- and the wine is just a touch high-toned as a result in comparison to more complete vintages from this decade such as the 1996. The bouquet is deep, black fruity and quite complex in its blend of dark berries, cassis, lovely soil tones, hints of the chipotles to come, still a bit of residual bell pepper, gentle tariness and cedar. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bdoied, complex and shows off a good core, with a slightly tarry personality, melting tannins and a long, complex and low fat finish. Not a great vintage for this excellent bottling, but a very fine example of a 1998 north coast cabernet. As Philip Togni notes, “it lacks just a bit of the bass notes of a top vintage.” 2016-2040.
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2000
The 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a dense ruby/purple color. Made from fruit that was harvested between October 30 and November 4 (50% of the crop was cut off to guarantee only ripe fruit) it reveals aromas of tapenade... The 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a dense ruby/purple color. Made from fruit that was harvested between October 30 and November 4 (50% of the crop was cut off to guarantee only ripe fruit) it reveals aromas of tapenade licorice black currants smoked herbs and earth. The wine offers abundant black fruits outstanding richness and complexity. It can be drunk early but will easily age for 15 or more years.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 1998

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.