We are pleased to announce the release of our 2017 wines. In addition, we are offering ten-year and twenty-year old wines and a special vintage of our sweet wine, the Ca’ Togni.
Two thousand seventeen was our 35th harvest. The year began quite normally and we had favorable growing conditions, in spite of being challenged by some very hot days during the summer. By sequencing the pruning of the vines in the winter and early spring, we are able to reach the correct levels of ripeness in all of our vineyard blocks within a period of one to two weeks. 2017 was no different, and we picked our grapes September 28th through October 3rd. When the Tubbs Fire began on October 8th, all our grapes were safely in tank. Additional catastrophic fires in Napa and Sonoma counties burned on three sides of us over the next several days, with the closest fire burning within four miles of our vineyard. While we did lose power for just over a day, our fermentations were thankfully not impacted.
The 2017 wine was made from a low (2.6 tons per acre) yield blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, all grown on slopes at 2,000 feet elevation here at our vineyard on Spring Mountain overlooking the Napa Valley. Warm fermentations produced a bone-dry wine aged in 100% French oak, 40% of which was new. The wine was racked every 3 months, with no fining or filtration and will benefit from long-term aging.
Antonio Galloni of Vinous has made the following comments on the 2017 Philip Togni Vineyard Cabernet: “A potent wine, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate possesses tremendous richness and intensity, with a host of super-ripe flavors that give the wine a decidedly exotic feel. The tannins need time to soften, but that should not be an issue over time. Super ripe red cherry, kirsch, sweet tobacco and menthol infuse this racy, forward Cabernet. I can't wait to see how the 2017 develops in time. (92-95 points)” Dec. 2018
In addition we are offering our second wine, also estate bottled, the 2017 Tanbark Hill Vineyard Cabernet, as well as our ten-year re-release, the 2009 Philip Togni Vineyard Cabernet, and our twenty-year re-release, the 1999 Philip Togni Vineyard Cabernet. Both wines have been aged here in our temperature-controlled warehouse at the winery. Incidentally, our winery is powered 100% by solar energy from our own solar array.
Finally, Ca’ Togni, the sweet wine made from our own Black Hamburgh grapes, is from 2013. This wine was made from grapes that we allowed to fully ripen in order to create a wine with very high sugar. In fact, it has 330 grams per liter of sugar but an alcohol level of only 14%. Galloni’s comments: "The 2013 Ca'Togni is one of the finest editions of Togni's Black Hamburg dessert wine I have ever tasted, maybe the very best. Apparently 2013 was an exceptional vintage for Togni across the board. Unctuous, deep and concentrated, the 2013 offers tons of intensity in its hard candy, floral, savory and tea infused flavors. All of the beguiling, exotic notes typical of Ca' Togni are amped up in the exquisite 2013. (94 points)" Dec. 2018