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Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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14.00% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2018
  • WS 94
  • MEL 96
  • WA 96
  • JD 97
  • VIN 96
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    Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 is a captivating expression of Napa Valley’s Spring Mountain terroir, carefully crafted by renowned winemaker Lisa Togni. Drawing from the rich legacy of the estate’s classic vintages, this wine exudes a timeless elegance and promises an extended aging potential.

    In the glass, the wine unveils a medium to deep garnet-purple hue, hinting at its depth and intensity. The aroma is enchanting, opening up with a burst of crushed black currants, fresh blackberries, and ripe red plums, intertwined with alluring notes of pencil lead, cedarwood, and a hint of tapenade, showcasing its Bordeaux-like nuances.

    On the palate, the wine greets with precision and finesse, showcasing its structured and vibrant character, emblematic of the 2018 vintage. The flavor profile resonates with classic Cabernet Sauvignon characteristics, featuring luscious crame de cassis and almost blue fruits. Vivid and bright, lively acids dance on the tongue, lending an air of freshness and purity. The wine’s intensity is unwavering, with layers of bold, crunchy black and red berries, framed by a lively backbone and firm, grainy tannins, leading to a long, energetic finish.

    As the wine unfurls, additional complexities come into play, revealing delicate floral nuances, hints of mint, and a subtle touch of underbrush. It is a wine of utmost refinement, sensuality, and polish. While accessible with a healthy decant, the true potential of Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 lies in its ability to age gracefully. Jeb Dunnuck suggests waiting 7-8 years for it to reach maturity, but the rewards will undoubtedly be worth the patience. With its impressive structure and balance, this wine is poised to evolve gracefully over the next 30-40 years, echoing the classic, old-school style of a top Saint-Julien.

    This throwback to a bygone era is not for the faint-hearted; it is a wine that demands attention and rewards the discerning palate. With its serious grip and rugged personality, it begs for time in the cellar to fully round into its true form. Best savored between 2027 and 2040, this wine is sure to be a worthy companion throughout its journey of maturation.

    Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 is a testament to the enduring legacy of the vineyard and the dedication of its winemaker. Crafted with meticulous care, it showcases the artistry of the estate and promises to leave an indelible mark in the annals of Napa Valley’s winemaking excellence.

    4 reviews for Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

    1. WS

      This throwback starts with an expressive mix of savory, menthol and tobacco notes followed by very racy red currant, damson plum and bitter cherry fruit. Licorice root and warm earth accents fill in on the finish, with an iron note piercing through at the end. This is seriously grippy, with an old-school, rugged personality. Not for everyone, but loaded with character. Needs time in the cellar to fully round into form. Best from 2027 through 2040.

    2. WA

      Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate offers up intense notes of crushed black currants, fresh blackberries and ripe red plums with hints of pencil lead, black raspberries, underbrush and unsmoked cigars plus a touch of tapenade. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers bold, crunchy black and red berry layers with a lively backbone and firm, grainy tannins, finishing long and energetic.

    3. JD

      Taking lots of air to show at its best, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a brilliant, classic, age-worthy wine from this great estate. It certainly shows the more structured, vibrant style of the 2018 vintage with lively acids, yet it has utterly classic Cabernet crème de cassis and almost blue fruits as well as Bordeaux-like notes of lead pencil, cedarwood, tobacco, and assorted floral nuances. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, it brings rock-solid intensity, perfectly ripe yet building, firm tannins, and again, the vintage’s freshness, purity, and elegance. It reminds me of a top Saint-Julien and classic, old school, structured Cabernet that will reward bottle age.

    4. VIN

      The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is sensual and polished. Bright acids lend energy as this super-finessed Cabernet opens in the glass. Crushed red berry fruit, cedar, rose petal and mint all open with a bit of coaxing. The 2018 is going to need a number of years to be at its very best. It is elegant, nuanced and simply impeccable, but also a bit reticent at this stage. Readers who are familiar with these wines know they need time to come into their own. If that is not possible, I suggest opening it well in advance, even a day or two.

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    Critical Acclaim

    WS 94
    Wine Spectator
    This throwback starts with an expressive mix of savory, menthol and tobacco notes followed by very racy red currant, damson plum and bitter cherry fruit. Licorice root and warm earth accents fill in on the finish, with an iron note piercing through at the end. This is seriously grippy, with an old-school, rugged personality. Not for everyone, but loaded with character. Needs time in the cellar to fully round into form. Best from 2027 through 2040.
    MEL 96
    Mel's Notes
    Color: Medium to deep garnet-purple.
    Nose: Expressive aromas of crushed black currants, fresh blackberries, and ripe red plums come forward, harmoniously intertwined with complex notes of pencil lead, cedarwood, tobacco, and a subtle touch of tapenade. Undertones of black raspberries and floral nuances hint at its Bordeaux-like heritage.
    Palate: The wine impresses with its structured and vibrant character, offering a dance of luscious crème de cassis, almost blue fruits, and classic Cabernet Sauvignon characteristics. The palate is greeted with bold, crunchy black and red berry layers, framed by a lively backbone and firm, grainy tannins. This medium to full-bodied wine showcases its intensity, freshness, and purity, with lingering hints of menthol, tobacco, and warm earth accents. Its finish is long, energetic, and radiates a perfect balance between power and elegance.
    Food Pairings: Given its structure and flavor profile, the wine pairs well with rich red meats like beef or lamb, grilled or roasted to perfection. Dishes with a base of earthy mushrooms or savory herbs would complement the wine's nuances. For those seeking a classic pairing, consider beef wellington or a hearty lamb stew.
    WA 96
    Wine Advocate
    Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate offers up intense notes of crushed black currants, fresh blackberries and ripe red plums with hints of pencil lead, black raspberries, underbrush and unsmoked cigars plus a touch of tapenade. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers bold, crunchy black and red berry layers with a lively backbone and firm, grainy tannins, finishing long and energetic.
    JD 97
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Taking lots of air to show at its best, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a brilliant, classic, age-worthy wine from this great estate. It certainly shows the more structured, vibrant style of the 2018 vintage with lively acids, yet it has utterly classic Cabernet crème de cassis and almost blue fruits as well as Bordeaux-like notes of lead pencil, cedarwood, tobacco, and assorted floral nuances. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, it brings rock-solid intensity, perfectly ripe yet building, firm tannins, and again, the vintage's freshness, purity, and elegance. It reminds me of a top Saint-Julien and classic, old school, structured Cabernet that will reward bottle age.
    VIN 96
    Vinous
    The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is sensual and polished. Bright acids lend energy as this super-finessed Cabernet opens in the glass. Crushed red berry fruit, cedar, rose petal and mint all open with a bit of coaxing. The 2018 is going to need a number of years to be at its very best. It is elegant, nuanced and simply impeccable, but also a bit reticent at this stage. Readers who are familiar with these wines know they need time to come into their own. If that is not possible, I suggest opening it well in advance, even a day or two.

    What does Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 taste like?


    Light
    Bold
    Smooth
    Tannic
    Dry
    Sweet
    Soft
    Acidic
    Earthy Flavors of the wine

    leather, earthy, mushroom

    Red Fruit flavors of the wine

    cherry, raspberry, red fruit

    Oaky Flavors of the wine

    oak, tobacco, vanilla

    stone fruit

    Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

    blackberry, plum, dark fruit

    Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

    pepper, licorice, anise

    toast, almond, nutty

    Citrus notes found in the wine

    orange

    cheese, cream, oil

    Vegetal notes found in the wine

    grass, green bell pepper, tomato leaf

    raisin, prune, dried fruit

    Floral aromas found in the wine

    violet, perfume, rose water

    Food Pairing with Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

    Our wine experts think this Bold and Structured Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 wine would be a match made in heaven with these dishes. Bon appétit!

    Other Vintages:

    2019
    • WS 96
    • WA 95
    • VIN 99
    • WIL 97

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