Region: Napa Valley
Grape(s): Cabernet Sauvignon
Producer: Philip Togni Vineyard
Retail price in the UK: £97
While the 2012 vintage tended to produce open-knit, fruit-driven wines, the Togni family have rendered something more serious: a bouquet of sweet cassis, black cherry, bay laurel and rich soil, judiciously framed by new oak, is followed by a structured, three-dimensional and nicely balanced wine, with a beautifully savoury core of fruit and refined tannin. Since bottling, this has shut down hard, so patience is recommended.
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