The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a classic Togni wine, meant to be laid down for at least a decade and capable of aging well for 20 years beyond that in a cool cellar. Hints of green olive and thyme add savory nuance to the raspberry and cassis shadings on the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate is concentrated into a dense, streamlined shape that throws off waves of dusty tannins, buffered by hints of cedar and vanilla, with lingering cassis notes on the finish.
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is off the charts. What a wine. The 2019 captures all the Togni signatures, but with both more fruit richness and energy than is the norm. A Cabernet of gravitas and consequence, the 2019 is shaping up to be one of the wines of the year. Black cherry, plum, graphite, spice and incense build into the palate-staining finish. The 2019 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, all co-fermented. I can't wait to taste it from bottle. All I can say is: Wow!
European style made wine, the 2018 is a magnificent new example of Togni.
This is very much alive, sporting a wide array of sweet bay leaf, savory and menthol notes, along with zesty raspberry, red currant and blackberry fruit flavors. Built on acidity as much as grippy, tar-laced tannins, this leaves a mouthwatering feel on the long finish. A beautiful version of the throwback style.
Pure savoury black magic. The 2019 offers deeply penetrating black-toned fruit laced with black olive and walnut husk. It has gorgeous texture and acidity, which brings forward riper blackberry fruit and raspberry on the palate, coupled with sandalwood and scorched wild herbs. Fine-grained tannins frame a muscular structure with immense grip. Tobacco and cedarwood are masterfully integrated throughout this utterly beguiling red. Decanter’s William Kelley has written, ‘Philip [Togni] and his daughter Lisa are producing wines that deserve to be recognised as some of the most authoritative, classical Cabernets in all California’, and my tastings concur fully with Kelley’s assessment. I would add that the winery’s practice of ageing wine at the winery is remarkably rare for a Californian producer. Those fortunate enough to taste a 20 or 30-year-old Togni family wine from the winery will earn a well-deserved window into the ageability of a well-built, tightly-knit California Cabernet. Grapes harvested off the steepest, rockiest vineyard blocks of their 4-hectare estate are used to make the Philip Togni Vineyard Cabernet, while the rest goes into Tanbark Hill Vineyard, their second wine. Since 1997, the flagship Togni Cabernets are all an exacting blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot, which is how their vineyard is planted.