The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, comes from steep mountain vineyards at the top of the Napa side of Spring Mountain. Aromas of black olives, tapenade, creme de cassis, licorice and truffles emerge from this opaque ruby/purple-colored, youthful 2004. Togni’s spiritual reference point is Bordeaux more than Napa Valley, and his wines seem to represent a hypothetical melange of those two distinctive schools of wine. Still backward, but rich, full-bodied and promising, this brilliant 2004 is 5-7 years away from its adolescence; it should age for 30-40 years. (RP) 95+
The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon has developed beautifully since I last tasted it. The early harvest produced an exotic, ripe wine built on intensity, breadth and power. Sweet tobacco, grilled herbs and cloves wrap around a core of blue/blackish fruit as this voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon shows off its considerable power. The 2004 will drink well for another 10-15 years. Today it is in a real sweet spot of total beauty. (AG)
At first sniff, the 2004 Togni Cabernet seems a bit tarry and less promising than wines such as the 2008 and 2005 that preceded this in our vertical. However, with a bit of air, this wine really opens up and closes the gap considerably with those superb wines. The bouquet is a fine blend of dark berries, cigar ash, stony soil tones, a touch of woodsmoke, a bit of the aforementioned tariness, currant leaf and cedar. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and shows a bit more of its mountain roots in its structure, with a fine core, firm, chewy tannins, excellent focus and grip and a very long, primary and promising finish. Another exceptional wine in the making. Drink between 2024-2075.
Excellent deep core of ruby. Musky, Bordeaux-like scents of raspberry, blackberry, truffle, licorice and nutty oak. Juicy and penetrating, with intense flavors of wild dark berries and spices. Not an opulent or particularly refined style owing to its firm acidity but tastes younger than its age. In fact, this wine is still a bit youthfully tight and should reward further aging. Finishes firmly tannic and long. (ST) 92+
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