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Titus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2012

Member Review by EMark:

Dark reddish purple. Red fruit (?) aromas with, maybe, some mint. Stout oaky bouquet. On the tongue, lots of fruit—more cassis and blueberry—but also some sort of cinnamony spiciness. Quite serious tannin on the edge of the tongue. Good supporting acid. Probably, one that I should not have opened quite yet.

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Titus Vineyards:
The 40+ acre, turn-of-the century vineyard that Lee and Ruth Titus bought in 1968 had been producing grapes for sixty years. Situated on the banks of the Napa River in the heart of Napa Valley, the vineyards were comprised of widely-spaced dry-farmed vines on the vigorous St. George rootstock. The Titus family continued to farm these healthy, productive vines for another ten to fifteen years. L... Read more
The 40+ acre, turn-of-the century vineyard that Lee and Ruth Titus bought in 1968 had been producing grapes for sixty years. Situated on the banks of the Napa River in the heart of Napa Valley, the vineyards were comprised of widely-spaced dry-farmed vines on the vigorous St. George rootstock. The Titus family continued to farm these healthy, productive vines for another ten to fifteen years. Lee and Ruth acquired two additional parcels, totaling 20 acres. One parcel was adjacent the original acquisition, a hayfield in deep river loam soil; the other was a stony volcanic knoll rising out of the valley floor not far from Napa River. These two new parcels were planted to Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon, respectively. After those parcels were planted, Lee and Ruth replanted their original vineyard. By the mid 1970's the old blocks were sequentially replaced with then-popular modern varietals, such as Zinfandel, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, some planted on the St. George rootstock, and some on the AXR rootstock that was becoming more commonly used at that time. The tribulations of time and the infestation of the phylloxera disease made another replanting effort necessary in the mid-1990's. At that time, diseased and weakening vines were replanted to varietals better suited for the hot upvalley climate, on disease resistant rootstocks matched for the specific soil types. Clonal selections were made to better suit the parameters that were required for the highest quality wines. Dry-farmed,"California-sprawl" trellising systems were replaced with close-spaced vertical trellis systems with automatic drip irrigation systems. The replanting efforts were essentially completed in 2001. Cabernet Sauvignon (our flagship wine) is now the predominant estate varietal, although ample acreage is also dedicated to the Bordeaux blending varietals, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec, as well as a small amount of Petite Sirah. Ten acres of Zinfandel from the 1970's are still in full production, gradually maturing and taking on the old-vine characteristics so sought after in this unique heritage wine. Read less

Member Reviews for Titus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Snooth User: EMark
8478047,330
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 05/10/2015

Dark reddish purple. Red fruit (?) aromas with, maybe, some mint. Stout oaky bouquet. On the tongue, lots of fruit—more cassis and blueberry—but also some sort of cinnamony spiciness. Quite serious tannin on the edge of the tongue. Good supporting acid. Probably, one that I should not have opened quite yet.


Snooth User: EMark
8478047,330
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 11/02/2012

Attractive dark red-purple in the glass. "Typical" cabernet yeasty-musty-woody aroma. Not the most full-bodied cab I've ever had. Some berry fruit on the tip of the tongue, the the woody-tannic stuff happens. It is interesting that the astringent tannin sensation pretty much takes over, but does not offend. I can't see this wine winning over a lot of people. It is a good wine that will go better with the meal than alone. US$28.99 at Total wines.


Snooth User: EMark
8478047,330
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 04/02/2015

Dark purple in the glass. Fairly volatile nose suggests alcohol, but there is also a good amount of black berry/fruit aromas. On the tongue the berry fruit jumps out, suggesting a New World take on Cabernet. However, the fruit does not blow me away. As the wine passes farther back there are some herbal and spice notes. A hint of sweetness on the side of the tongue. Some tobacco at the very back of the palate. Very tame tannins and moderate acids suggest that additional age on this wine may be of no benefit.


Snooth User: garcianick
70594320
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 01/01/2011

Biggest cab I've ever had...awesome!


Snooth User: jdt45acp
75261410
3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 02/08/2011

Three glasses


Snooth User: KishaNY
4603823
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 04/21/2010

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: jkagel
81001919
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 05/01/2009

medium acidity with strong tannin finish Updated May 01, 2009 - Slightly herbacious nose. Very smooth and well balanced. Fruit is delicous and present up front. Tastes of blackberry, tobacco, and black cherries. Subtle mix of tannins and acidity provide excellent balance and finish.


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External Reviews for Titus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/13/2013

The concentrated and glass filling aromas of black cherry, red currant, and sweet plum come across as being accompanied by sweet oak spices, dark chocolate, raw sugar, and violets. The aromas translate directly to the palate swim along with well integrat


External Review
Vintage: 2007 05/19/2011

A good Cabernet, with pleasantly ripe blackberry, cherry and currant flavors, as well as a nice coating of sweet oak. Feels a little rugged in the mouth, with some edgy tannins. Give it a couple hours of decanting before service.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 05/19/2011

Intense and a tad rustic, offering drying, chewy tannins that have a leathery edge. This delivers dried currant, black licorice and graphite on a full body, remaining dry and minerally on the finish. Decant for now. Drink now through 2018.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 07/06/2011

Winemaker Notes - Our 2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a shimmering, intense purple and ruby color. The nose is alluring and complex with aromas of black cherry, blueberry, lavender, currant, apple, sweet basil leaf and exotic notes of toasted chocolate, cr me Brule and oak spice. The mouth-feel is full-bodied and rich with well integrated, fine grain tannins give way to lush, juicy flavors of blackberry and blueberry accompanied by dark chocolate, and anise. The finish is long and velvety with sweet cherry, clove spice, tobacco and pencil shavings. Recommended drinking time is five to ten years from vintage. Maximum suggested aging is fifteen years from vintage.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 06/09/2010

The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon has loads of floral notes intermixed with lead pencil shavings, blueberry and black currant. The wine is medium to full-bodied, and displays some white chocolate and plenty of spice. A classic Cabernet Sauvignon, it should drink nicely for 10-15 years. Bright, complex, and intense, our 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon displays concentrated aromas of black currant, cherry, blackberry, dried apricot, violet, tarragon, coriander and dark cocoa mingling with undertones of baking spices and sweet tobacco. The palate is juicy and mouth-filling with well balanced structure and complexity. Vibrant flavors of bing cherries, pomegranate, raspberry, cranberry and blueberry are enveloped with layers of baking and pepper spices, chocolate, and hints of cigar wrapping leaf. The finish is smooth with lasting round tannins, toasty oak, and coffee. Recommended drinking time is three to five years from vintage, with about one hour of decanting prior to drinking. Maximum suggested aging is thirteen years from vintage.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/22/2011

The outstanding 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve has more blackberry, blueberry, espresso, and chocolate notes, with hints of licorice, and again, spring flowers. This dense, rich wine has subtle smoke, full body, and is a seriously endowed, classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. It should drink well for 15 or more years.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 01/03/2012

Rich, intense and focused on ripe, supple, peppery currant, plum and blackberry fruit thatrsquo;s both complex, concentrated and focused, ending with a long, persistent finish that reveals extra depth and flavor nuances. Ends with firm, dry tannins. Drink now through 2017.


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