If you have ever wondered what wines of Napa keep the history in the bottle then go no further. Philip Togni Cabernet is as classic as it gets. Philip has been making this 800 case production since 1983 and thankfully not a lot has changed. The wine has been recognized by Robert Parker as top California Cabernet with aging potential similar to Latour, Margaux, Haut-Brion and Mouton. This 2015 is packed with blackberry fruit, notions of cigar box, garrigue and truffles. The palate is medium to full-bodied with firm tannins and wonderful freshness. Although the most recent vintages are drinkable upon release you can hold bottles for decades and watch the transformation. Grab a six pack, drink 3 now on hold 3 for later.
Phillip Togni—who was making wine in the Napa Valley before Alaska was a State—is a Napa Valley legend. Today he and his daughter Lisa farm Phillip Togni Vineyard, a totally self-sufficient estate on Spring Mountain, and make an extremely rare, old-school, “Margaux-type” Cabernet blend there. Togni’s 2013 wine garnered a perfect 100-point score from Antonio Galloni, and countless others have scored in the high 95-99s. Togni has made more legendary wines than almost anyone in the valley (e.g. 1969 Chappellet). What can you do when your own reputation is a tough act to follow? Just keep making great wine.
Medium garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate has a very classic nose of cassis, warm plums and crushed blackberries with notions of cigar box, garrigue, damp soil and truffles plus wafts of menthol and underbrush. The palate is medium to full-bodied with a firm frame of grainy tannins and wonderful freshness, finishing long and minerally.
A focused, tannic style, featuring tobacco and sage notes intermixed liberally with steeped currant and blackberry fruit flavors. Terrific cast iron and graphite hints flow underneath. This has loads of character and range, showing very vigorous, savory-edged cut. Youthfully rugged, with brambleedged grip to burn. Cellaring will let all the elements meld. Best from 2021 through 2040.