Robert Parker, The Wine AdvocateThe 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon has to be one of the great buys left for profound Napa Cabernet. Hes done the aging for you, and of course the wine is still an adolescent in terms of aging potential. Brilliant notes of cedar, spice box, cassis, smoke, and licorice soar from the glass, as if this wine were pretending to be a first-growth Pauillac. Full-bodied, powerful, still with a boatload of tannin to resolve, and just a faint lightening of the dense purple color at the rim, this is a brilliant wine from a vintage that produced relatively quick-evolving wines, but no such thing is tolerated at Philip Togni. This is a great Cabernet Sauvignon with the exuberance, purity, and richness of fruit that Napa provides, but with a Bordeaux structure that Togni, with his Bordeaux upbringing, somehow builds into the wine. This wine will continue to drink well for at least another 30+ years.
Robert Parker, The Wine AdvocateReviewer, Jay Miller - The Hedonist's Gazette - Although the group did not know it, Flight Three was composed of six 1997 Cabernets. However, everyone quickly sensed that these were younger wines and all from the same vintage. Several tasters shortly jumped onto 1997 and were awarded a gold star. A very tasty Rack of Lamb was served with these Cabernets and was a fine pairing. My personal favorite was the Philip Togni which was super fragrant (with none of the pine/resin character of a recently tasted 1994), still deeply colored, supple, layered, full of spicy flavors, and very long.