2010 Philip Togni "Tanbark Hill" Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1114617 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Togni's second label, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Tanbark Hill Vineyard, is relatively accessible for the vintage. Sweet dark cherries, flowers, herbs and mocha are all woven together in the glass. Already quite juicy and supple, the 2010 is a gracious, mid-weight wine with considerable immediate appeal. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020. 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)  (12/2012)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (close to 100% cabernet sauvignon): Deep ruby-red. Slightly funky aromas of blackberry, roast coffee, leather and smoke, accented by pepper, herbs and violet. The mid-palate shows good texture and a chocolatey sweetness along with an herbal component and some peppery acidity. The persistent finish shows slightly edgy tannins, firm acids and a lightly herbal component. Lisa Togni advises waiting five years to drink the estate's second wine, pointing out that it gets the same vinification as the Togni flagship bottling. A strong vintage for this bottling.  (6/2013)

Wine Spectator

 Dried herbs frame the flavor profile, with taut dried currant and dark berry notes. Sleek, balanced and structured, this is a good candidate for short-term cellaring. Best from 2014 through 2026. (Web-2013)

K&L Notes

"Togni hardly needs an introduction to lovers of fine Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon," writes Wine Advocate's Antonio Galloni, "Since his epic 1969 Cabernet Sauvignon at Chappellet, Togni has crafted a series of impeccable, breathtaking wines. It is amazing to consider that Togni's wines remain so reasonably priced when an endless number of new wineries with no track record seem to pop up every day with first releases well over $100 a bottle...The estate's Tanbark Hill is a second selection made from the barrels that don't go into the Cabernet Sauvignon. All of the wines see approximately 40% new oak from four different tonneliers." (12/11) Philip Togni Vineyard is a true family operation. Birgitta Togni manages the viticulture, while husband Philip Togni and daughter Lisa are the oenologist and winemaker respectively. All three share in ownership. Both Philip and Lisa trained in Bordeaux. Philip earned his oenology degree in there and trained at Château Lascombes in Margaux; Lisa trained at Château Léoville Barton in St. Julien.

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Staff Image By: Leah Greenstein | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/16/2013 | Send Email
To be honest, I don't drink a lot of California Cab. I used to think I didn't like the varietal, but over the years I've learned that I just don't particularly like how the varietal is treated by most winemakers. Philip Togni is one of the exceptions. His Cabs always show depth and restraint, and this, his "second" label, is a great introduction to his wines. The 2010 has a softly herbaceous nose, with currant and cherry fruit. The palate is taut upfront, giving way to ripe, but not too ripe, currant fruit, mineral, savory herbs and spice. Wonderfully fresh, I wouldn't have ever guessed that this saw 40% new oak, it's so perfectly integrated into the wine. This will be even better in a year or two.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.