Last year's release, the 2013, may be a hard act to follow as it was given 100 points by Antonio Galloni. In our own tastings of the 2014, it is hard to see any way in which it is any less a wine than the 2013, but time will tell. The weather in 2014 was fairly normal, though with underlying drought conditions. Some spring rain required additional work in the vineyard, while adequate heat led to a harvest beginning on 15th September. For those new to Philip Togni wines, our ten-acre vineyard is planted as 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 2% Cabernet franc and 1% Petit Verdot. We use only the grapes that we grow here and farm ourselves at 2000 feet elevation to make both our Cabernet labels as well as our sweet Ca'Togni. Most vintages have proved to be exceptionally long lived.
Classicist Philip Togni's second wine, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Tanbark Hill Vineyard, is 99% Cabernet Sauvignon and displays classic crème de cassis, cedar wood and underbrush in a medium-bodied, nicely textured style There's plenty of fruit, the tannins are ripe, and the wine is a dense ruby purple in color. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.