2003 Togni, Philip Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML
  • WA 94
  • JG 94
  • IWC 92

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WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2005
...Its beautiful bouquet of black currants blackberries dried herbs white chocolate and smoke is followed by a rich full-bodied moderately tannic wine with well-integrated acidity tannin and wood...
JG 94
John Gilman - View From The Cellar, June 2014
The 2003 Togni cabernet is a bit more aligned with the very suave personality of the 2005, rather than the more structured style of the 2004, and it is going to be another absolutely stellar bottle of wine in the... The 2003 Togni cabernet is a bit more aligned with the very suave personality of the 2005, rather than the more structured style of the 2004, and it is going to be another absolutely stellar bottle of wine in the fullness of time. The outstanding nose delivers scents of dark berries, cassis, currant leaf, a fine base of dark soil tones, dried eucalyptus, a touch of espresso and a gentle framing of toasty oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and simply beautiful in its balance, with a vibrant core of fruit, ripe, seamlessly integrated tannins and outstanding length and grip on the focused and classy finish. A beautiful bottle. 2023-2065+. 94+
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2005
...Blackberry cassis roasted plum chocolate leather and some dusty earth on the nose; seems less dense than the 2004. Then juicy and penetrating on the palate with flavors of wild mountain blackberry blueberry and... ...Blackberry cassis roasted plum chocolate leather and some dusty earth on the nose; seems less dense than the 2004. Then juicy and penetrating on the palate with flavors of wild mountain blackberry blueberry and leather. Shows slightly edgy acids and considerable dusty tannins that are not quite as fine as those of the young 2004 but there's also a velvety texture to the middle palate...
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2003

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.