1996 Philip Togni Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #901695 97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Togni's 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate opens with extraordinary aromatics. The sweet tobacco, gravel, smoke, leather and spice notes that have developed in bottle are utterly captivating. Rich, deep and inviting, the 1996 simply has it all. With time, the 1996 has developed into a magnificent Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. (AG) Inner quote mark (12/2016)

96 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Each year Togni releases about 100 cases of a 10-year old Cabernet... It is a fabulous example of Togni’s visionary winemaking style. This inky/ruby/purple-tinged wine still tastes like a young adolescent. The extraordinary aromatics offer up scents of smoke, spices, sweet blackberries and cassis, saddle leather, and pain grille. With fabulous texture and sweet tannin, this remarkably young wine is a profound example of mountain Cabernet Sauvignon that should last for another two decades or more. (RP) Inner quote mark (12/2006)

95 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 1996 vintage chez Togni is really outstanding and at age eighteen, this wine is really starting to drink brilliantly. The stunning bouquet soars from the glass in a mélange of sweet cassis, black cherries, a touch of mint, dark soil tones, cigar ash and incipient notes of the chipotle peppers that will be more pronounced with further bottle age. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and now quite wide open, with a great core of vibrant fruit, superb soil signature, melting tannins, lovely acids and outstanding length and grip on the beautifully balanced and very, very classy finish. One of my absolute favorite vintages of this wine in the decade of the 1990s! It is just starting to reach its apogee and is drinking with great style at age eighteen, but it is in essence still a young wine and it will be even better to drink a decade down the road. Inner quote mark (5/2014)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Distinctive for its coffee bean, herbal and complex berry flavors, this wine is intense, with a chewy core of currant and blackberry flavors. Best to cellar short-term, although it's less rustic and backward at this stage than in previous vintages. (JL) Inner quote mark (5/1999)

92 points Int'l Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Medium red-ruby color with some amber at the rim. Sexy, mellow aromas of plum, mocha, truffle and smoked meat. Sweet, plummy and lush but with good shape and freshness. A very harmonious cabernet that seemed to grow fresher in the glass. Offers an inviting combination of primary, secondary and tertiary flavors and finishes with lovely persistence. Togni says this was a big wine from the beginning, but today it's characterized more by its balance. (ST) Inner quote mark (5/2006)

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