After going through a period of post-bottling dormancy, Philip Togni's 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon has really begun to show well from bottle over the last six months or so. Of course, the 2010 is far too young to deliver maximum pleasure, but it is nevertheless superb tonight. Beams of acidity and tannin give energy to the dark fruit and its accompanying floral/savory/mineral overtones. The 2010 is a classic Philip Togni wine that will thrill readers who appreciate classically built Cabernets. Recent bottles from the early 1990s and 2000s show just how much these wines transform when given the proper time to develop in bottle. At their best, Togni's wines bring together an Old World sensibility with Napa Valley richness, a pretty appealing combination, in my book. (AG) 97+
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon impresses for its length and total class. Mocha, game, smoke, graphite and plums are all supported by veins of cool, insistent minerality. This isn’t a blockbuster Cabernet, rather it is a wine that impresses for its finesse and precision. Sweet red cherries, mint, pencil shavings and violets are some of the notes that are layered into the super-refined finish. As always, Togni’s Cabernet Sauvignon is distinguished for an extraordinary bouquet that recalls some of the great wines of the Medoc and the structure to age gracefully for years. It will be interesting to see if the 2010 blossoms in bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040. Philip Togni, along with his wife Birgitta and daughter Lisa continue to turn out some of the most distinctive and age worthy Cabernet Sauvignons in Napa Valley. The wines are built on structure more than overt fruit, so they need a few years in bottle to come together, but when they do, they are spectacular. (AG) 95+
Bright medium ruby. Brambly dark berries, violet, licorice, pepper and herbs on the nose, complicated by high notes of dusty spices and suggestions of coffee and mocha torrefaction. Sweet and intensely flavored, with excellent balancing acidity giving lift to the dense, complex boysenberry, blueberry, violet, pepper and bitter chocolate flavors. Like Margaux made on a mountain. The resounding finish features a hint of tobacco leaf and a surprisingly light touch. A knockout in the making, but lay this down for at least a decade. (ST) 94+
The 2010 Cabernet from the Togni family is outstanding, with a bit more early intensity than is evident in the more tightly-knit 2011 version. The mountain cabernet roots of this wine are quite evident in its fine and still quite primary bouquet of cassis, dark berries, stony soil tones, cigar smoke, tobacco leaf and a nice framing of new wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nascently complex, with a rock solid core of fruit, ripe, chewy tannins, lovely delineation and balance and a very long, youthful and superb finish. This will be an excellent vintage for this bottling. (Drink between 2025-2075) 93+
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