November 2020

Dear Customer,


Once again we have a new wine to offer, this year the exciting 2018.  Well balanced and with considerable life expectation, the 2018 has much in common with past classic vintages made from our vineyard over the past past three and a half decades.


The 2018 wine was made from a 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.  Our vines are between 23 and 35 years old.


Antonio Galloni was here last year and tasted in barrel the blend of the 2018 Philip Togni Vineyard Cabernet which he gave 93 to 96 points. (Vinous, Jan. 2020)  We are offering the 2018 as magnums and bottles.  In addition, we are offering the 2000 Cabernet as our 20-year re-release, and our 2010 Cabernet as our 10-year re-release, about which Antonio Galloni has written, “The 2010 is a classic Philip Togni wine that will thrill readers who appreciate classically built Cabernets… At their best, Togni's wines bring together an Old World sensibility with Napa Valley richness, a pretty appealing combination, in my book.” (97+ points) Vinous, June 2015


Our second wine, the 2018 Tanbark Hill Vineyard Cabernet, is also Estate Bottled, meaning grown and made by us, and is more approachable at a younger age.


And finally, we have one of the last ever vintages of our Ca’ Togni, the 2015.  This very sweet wine, made from our own Black Hamburgh grapes, has been called by Steven Tanzer “…one of California's most distinctive and satisfying sweet wines." Vinous, May 2014


It’s impossible not to mention the recent wildfires here, including the Glass Fire which burned at the end of September and beginning of October.  For the first time in the 45 years that we have lived here, we had to evacuate the property.  Most of Spring Mountain burned, and nearby neighbors and friends suffered terrible losses.  Thankfully our winery, vineyards and home were spared, but some of our forest did burn.  The flames reached within six feet of our barn, and damaged our grape trailer which we had used only three weeks earlier to bring in our crop of 2020, our earliest harvest ever.  Both power and telephone lines burned, putting us out of touch with the world, yet we were grateful to have received email messages from many of you expressing concern.  Thank you.


Please see the attached order form.  Shipment will be in January through April according to the weather in your location.  Please note that we are offering free shipping this year for orders of full cases.


           Best regards,


           Lisa, Birgitta and Philip Togni