1992 Philip Togni Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Estate


The 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate remains an epic wine for the Togni family.

At the time, the estate consisted of seven acres of red grapes, most of it Cabernet Sauvignon, with just a touch of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, plus smaller pieces of Sauvignon Blanc and a few blocks that were under development. The 1992 was made from the original plantings, prior to a virus outbreak that led to extensive replanting that followed. Yields were not particularly low, and yet the impression is a wine marked by notable ripeness and concentration.

Rich and flamboyant to the core, the 1992 is at an absolute peak of its expression. Dark-toned fruit, spice, leather, tobacco, scorched earth and dried herbs infuse the 1992 with striking textural intensity. I don't see any upside from cellaring the 1992 further; in fact, it would be a shame to miss the 1992 at this stage.

“This is a vintage we very rarely taste," Philip Togni shared. "At the time, I was in charge, and I accidentally oversold the wine, so all we have left is a few bottles and magnums." Togni's reference point remains Pauillac. For me, the dark profile and savory intensity are more like Saint-Estèphe but dialed up with a good dose of California sunshine. Either way, this is a truly remarkable Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. 97/Drink 2023-2027.

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