Medium ruby-red. Wild nose combines black raspberry, blackberry, coffee bean, licorice, leather and smoked meat, along with hints of menthol and smoky oak. Then almost surprisingly lush and sweet in the middle palate, with ripe acids giving shape to the sauvage blackcurrant and game flavors. Turns more austere on the back end, finishing with firm-edged tannins and very good length. Philip Togni told me he thinned the vines heavily in 2005 and ultimately brought in less crop than he did in 2006 or 2007. (ST)
The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon is a more closed and restrained style of wine, with firm tannins, Bordeaux-like austerity, but dense ruby/purple with notes of menthol, black currant liqueur, coffee, and a hint of olive. The wine is full-bodied, youthful, tannic, and a promising candidate for long-term cellaring. In fact this kind of vintage at Togni generally means laying the wine away for at least a decade, which is always good advice here. This may be a 30- to 40-year Togni Cabernet Sauvignon. (RP)
The 2005 is another outstanding vintage for Philip and Lisa Togni, and I love the very sophisticated structural chassis of this pure and very intense young wine. The outstanding bouquet offers up an aromatic constellation of cassis, a touch of bell pepper, cigar smoke, dark soil tones, a bit of dried eucalyptus and a discreet base of new wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and very suave on the attack, with superb mid-palate concentration, ripe, buried tannins, very good acidity and a long, nascently complex and very elegant finish. This will be outstanding and give the superb 2008 a run for its money for many, many decades. 94+
The Togni family's 2005 is one of their more approachable vintages, with an already expressive bouquet of cassis, red berries, bay laurel, cedar and rich soil, and a supple, intense and elegantly refined palate impression. An excellent, classically-styled Cabernet. (WK)
The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is just beginning to enter its early plateau of maturity. Savory herbs, plums, graphite, rose petal, lavender and sage all open up in an exotic, beguiling Cabernets that exudes personality. The 2005 has enough depth and structure to drink well for another 20 years, although it is not an especially big wine nor is it likely to improve materially from here. (AG)
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