Philip Togni "Ca&
Philip Togni "Ca&

Philip Togni "Ca'Togni" Black Hamburgh 2012 - 375mL -
(Napa Valley, California) - [VM 94] [WA 92]


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About the Winery:

There are few winemakers still living with the kind of history that Philip Togni has under his belt. Long before his eponymous winery was even conceived, he was crafting some of the most iconic wines in California. After a year at Mayacamas (1959), he became the founding winemaker for Chalone, worked at Inglenook for a year, became the founding winemaker for Chappellet (producing the acclaimed 1969 Cabernet Sauvignon that is still regarded as one of the greatest ever produced in California), and finally at finished out the 1970’s at Cuvaison.

In 1981, while still employed at Cuvaison, Philip began planting his own vineyard on Spring Mountain and it is here that he has cemented his legacy. Starting with the 1983 vintage he has produced an unbroken string of world class wines; age-worthy, classic, and incredible. Although Philip is still very involved, since 2007, his daughter Lisa has taken the lead more and more. The good news is that she shares her father’s gift for winemaking and shows no interest in changing anything at this venerable estate. 

The Estate vineyard at Togni is 10.5 acres (divided into 20 blocks) planted to 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The vines are co-planted and the wine is co-fermented. The soils are a mix of rocky volcanic and clay.

From this single vineyard Philip and Lisa produce three wines: the flagship Philip Togni Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, a second label Cabernet Sauvignon, Tanbark Hill, and a rare dessert wine, Ca’ Togni. The Cabernet Sauvignons are made using barrel selection and are otherwise handled exactly the same. All fruit is 100% destemmed, fermented in stainless steel and aged for 20 months in 40% new French oak. At this point the decision is made of which lots are blended into the “Estate Cabernet” and the “Tanbark Hill”. The Ca’ Togni is a wine unique to Napa, made from Black Hamburgh, Togni’s quarter acre of vines produce an aromatic, concentrated, sweet red wine unlike anything else we have come across. A true estate, the wines are made, bottled, and stored just feet away from the vineyard.

About this Wine:

Ca’ Togni is a very sweet red wine inspired by Constantia, the great South African wine of the 19th century. It has always been made from our small planting of the rare table grape Black HamburghA truely unique Napa wine, this represents some of the only (possibly the only) Black Muscat vines grown in the USA. Grown in their 2000' elevation, estate vineyard, the resulting wine is delicious, rich, perfectly sweet, and beautifully balanced with acid. While there are many dessert wines, there are none as distinctive as this one. 

Ratings & Reviews

94 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2012 Ca'Togni is terrific. In this vintage, the Ca'Togni, the estate's sweet wine from Black Hamburg, offers a bit more textural depth and concentration than is the norm. That extra richness provides a very nice counterpoint to the exotic herbal and spiced notes that are such a signature of this quirky dessert wine.." - Antonio Galloni (Mar 2018)

92 Points - Wine Advocate:
"Something of an anomaly in Napa, this is a sweet red wine made from Black Muscat/Muscat of Hamburg. Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2012 Ca Togni is intensely scented of roses, grape juice and Earl Grey tea on the nose with touches of raisin cake, preserved plums, anise and potpourri. Rich, sweet, full-bodied and lush with balancing freshness, it has a very long, spicy finish." - LPB (Jun 2018)