Philip Togni Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1997

$249

The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon has to be one of the great buys left for profound Napa Cabernet. He's done the aging for you, and of course the wine is still an adolescent in terms of aging potential. Brilliant notes of cedar, spice box, cassis, smoke, and licorice soar from the glass, as if this wine were pretending to be a first-growth Pauillac. Full-bodied, powerful, still with a boatload of tannin to resolve, and just a faint lightening of the dense purple color at the rim, this is a brilliant wine from a vintage that produced relatively quick-evolving wines, but no such thing is tolerated at Philip Togni. This is a great Cabernet Sauvignon with the exuberance, purity, and richness of fruit that Napa provides, but with a Bordeaux structure that Togni, with his Bordeaux upbringing, somehow builds into the wine. This wine will continue to drink well for at least another 30+ years. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Martin G Rivard Delectable Pro

Badass 97 Togni that drank as well as any Bordeaux that I've had recently. Forest floor, dark fruit., not quite a dirty diaper nose as my bud Jason Chang would say but close!! What a rockstar this was tonight. A sleeper that snuck up on everyone and stole the show. Everyone at the end of the night was saying... Anymore Togni?!?! Thank you Veronica & Kirk!

Badass 97 Togni that drank as well as any Bordeaux that I've had recently. Forest floor, dark fruit., not quite a dirty diaper nose as my bud Jason Chang would say but close!! What a rockstar this was tonight. A sleeper that snuck up on everyone and stole the show. Everyone at the end of the night was saying... Anymore Togni?!?! Thank you Veronica & Kirk!

9.7

Yianni Stoner Delectable Pro

Dark red fruits; rich, integrated diacetyl.

Dark red fruits; rich, integrated diacetyl.

9.3

Craig Sedmak Delectable Pro

#togni does it right #1997 is #excellence #napavalley #cabernetsauvignon

#togni does it right #1997 is #excellence #napavalley #cabernetsauvignon

9.1

Doug Davidson Delectable Pro

Sampled at our pre-auction tasting; to be sold in our 9/26 auction.

Sampled at our pre-auction tasting; to be sold in our 9/26 auction.

9.6

PS Michaels

Still full of life.

Still full of life.

9.5

Jeroen Koenen

Evolving magnificantly...! Getting more and more elegant in the last few years.

Evolving magnificantly...! Getting more and more elegant in the last few years.

9.5

Bret Barker

Just had this for Christmas Eve dinner and reviewed it there. Epic wine

Just had this for Christmas Eve dinner and reviewed it there. Epic wine

9.6

Bret Barker

If you like Bordeaux like napa Cabernets this is your wine. I continue to believe this is best bang for your buck. Family run and the wine is built to last. I wouldn’t touch a bottle under the age of ten. This 97 was amazing. It still had some tannins but was so well balanced with graphite, red fruit, some mocha as it sat in the glass. Then licorice, cedar and spice. Get involved. This bottle has another decade in it.

If you like Bordeaux like napa Cabernets this is your wine. I continue to believe this is best bang for your buck. Family run and the wine is built to last. I wouldn’t touch a bottle under the age of ten. This 97 was amazing. It still had some tannins but was so well balanced with graphite, red fruit, some mocha as it sat in the glass. Then licorice, cedar and spice. Get involved. This bottle has another decade in it.

9.6

Christina Turley Delectable Pro

Sales & Marketing Turley Wine Cellars

Herbal, meaty, fascinating nose. Still plenty of fruit and nice weight on the palate.

Herbal, meaty, fascinating nose. Still plenty of fruit and nice weight on the palate.

Bret Barker

Amazing. One of my favorite California cabs. Just coming into its prime. Togni makes wines to last for the long haul. Don't touch under 15 years. Worth the wait Great fruit. Pure Cali glory

Amazing. One of my favorite California cabs. Just coming into its prime. Togni makes wines to last for the long haul. Don't touch under 15 years. Worth the wait Great fruit. Pure Cali glory

9.8

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