Philip Togni Ca'Togni 1994
Dessert from Napa Valley, California
One of the treasures at this winery is an after-dinner dessert red wine made from the black Muscat grape. It is an extraordinary wine, but the production is usually no more than 180-200 half bottle cases. If readers have never tasted black Muscat, it provides an extraordinary fragrance of black-raspberries, kirsch, and flowers. The 1994 Ca Togni is an extremely rich, moderately sweet, vintage port-like wine. These are exceptional dessert wines that merit significantly more attention than they have received.
"There will not be a 1995 Ca Togni. However, the 1994 Ca Togni has just been released, and it is a marvelous, dark purple-colored, sweet, jammy wine made from black Muscat. The wine is full-bodied, silky, moderately sweet, and ideal to drink by itself, or with an assortment of flavorful cheeses. It is available only in half bottles.
Philip Togni, a legendary California winemaker, must be the least promotion conscious member of his profession ... but then with wines such as these, why not let them do the talking for you? Much of Togni's wine is sold via a private mailing list."
The Wine Advocate
Learn About Philip Togni
Philip Togni planted their first vines near the top of Spring Mountain in the Napa Valley in 1981. Those phylloxera vulnerable rootstocks have now gone, replanted in the early nineties. Philip Togni's first wines were Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc in 1983, but they have now concentrated their efforts on a very ageworthy Margaux-type blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet...
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It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...
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Beyond Port and Sherry, here are a few of our favorites:
Sauternes - the golden wine of the Sauternes region in
Bordeaux, these wines are made with botrytis-affected
grapes and produce a rich, honeyed concoction with an amazing balance of sweetness and acidity.
Don"t discount Sauternes'
neighbor, Barsac, or even the region across the river,...
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