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Titus Vineyards Zinfandel Napa Valley 2015

Member Review by EMark:

Fairly volatile nose—definitely can detect the alcohol. Very pretty bluish-purple color. Lots of red fruit on the tip of the tongue. Unfortunately, much more jammy than I like. The acid and tannin are overcome buy the unfortunate front fruit in this wine.

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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 Vineyards Zinfandel Napa Valley

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Snooth User: EMark
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2.50 5
07/14/2018

Fairly volatile nose—definitely can detect the alcohol. Very pretty bluish-purple color. Lots of red fruit on the tip of the tongue. Unfortunately, much more jammy than I like. The acid and tannin are overcome buy the unfortunate front fruit in this wine.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,203
5.00 5
Vintage: 2007 10/05/2010

Great balance in the nose! It's not overly jammy or peppery. Nice blueberry, plum and tomato left. The 15% petit sirah adds richness and balance and it makes for a great zinfandel! Very nice red and black fruit. Great structure and balance of brush, pepper, fruit without being over extracted. - Tasted at Marché Bacchus 10/2/10


Snooth User: Val13
114220613
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 08/01/2009

Agree that this big Zin needs decanting. Lots of chocolate and alcohol on the nose--overpowering. Plum/strawberry on palate, not a lot of oak detected, but perhaps again with more decanting that would have showed.


Snooth User: jkagel
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 09/04/2008

Light vegetative scent, no extreme spice but very approachable


Snooth User: Xprinceps
2864215
5.00 5
Vintage: 2003 07/20/2007

Five glasses


Snooth User: Hmickey
23116943
4.00 5
Vintage: 2000 08/19/2009

Four glasses


External Reviews for Titus Vineyards Zinfandel Napa Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
06/24/2018

Vintage: The 2015 growing season in Napa Valley started out with unseasonably warm temperatures in late winter and early spring, which resulted in early bud break and bloom. A warm winter followed by colder temperatures in May resulted in a smaller crop than the previous three vintages. While drought was of great concern, the lack of water resulted in small grape clusters with highly concentrated flavors. This vintage will be remembered for its high-quality fruit, but low yields. Vineyard: Our family vineyard is located on 40 acres of Napa Valley floor just north of St. Helena on the Silverado Trail. It has well-drained, sandy, alluvial soils and is characterized by its ability to produce complex wines with well-defined fruit flavors, gentle acids and naturally balanced tannins. Titus Vineyards Napa Valley Zinfandel is produced from 40 year-old vines that are planted on St. George rootstock and dry-farmed. This old-world winegrowing practice produces low yields of concentrated fruit. Vinification: Harvested in September of 2015 the clusters were destemmed to tank on arrival to the winery. Once in tank, the wine fermented on the skins for approximately 14 days before the free run wine was drained to barrel. This wine was aged for 10 months in 30% new American Oak. Wine Profile: The wine has beautiful aromas of brambleberry, sarsaparilla, 5 spice and tart cherry. It glides across your palate and finishes with a refreshing pop; the flavors conjuring summertime memories of cherry pie, molasses and horehound, and autumn spice. The vines were planted in 1977, and this wine exemplifies the concentration and grace of these old vines. Enjoy this wine upon release through 2030 and beyond. Blend: 95% Zinfandel 5% Petite Sirah Aging: 10 months, 30% New American Oak Alcohol: 15.5% Total Acidity: 6.1 g/l pH: 3.82


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 01/12/2017

Vintage: Coming on the heels of 2013, which had been heralded the “vintage of the decade”, 2014 certainly had a lot to live up to. One of the driest winters on record for California, most of the rainfall came in February and March and was quickly followed by warm soil temperatures. Fast spring growth set the valley off and running, in some cases seeing bud break and veraison almost 2 weeks ahead of schedule. The lack of major heat spike, allowed for longer hang times and (coupled with higher degree days and drier soils) increased concentration and complexity – winemakers were again allowed the chance to pick when it suited them, at the best representation of varietal and terroir. A 6.0 earthquake on August 24th did not affect the crop at all, and although it will most likely be remembered as “the earthquake vintage”, the 2014’s will go down in history as the best of the stellar 12-13-14 vintage string, and one with higher than average yields and exceptional quality. Vineyard: Our family vineyard is located on 40 acres of Napa Valley floor just north of St. Helena on the Silverado Trail. It has well-drained, sandy, alluvial soils and is characterized by its ability to produce complex wines with well-defined fruit flavors, gentle acids and naturally balanced tannins. Titus Vineyards Napa Valley Zinfandel is produced from 39 year-old vines that are planted on St. George rootstock and dry-farmed. This old-world winegrowing practice produces low yields of concentrated fruit. Vinification: The grapes were harvested the third week of September, and we destemmed to tank on arrival to the winery. Once in tank, the wine fermented on the skins for approximately 14 days before the free run wine was drained to barrel. The 2014 Zinfandel was barrel aged for 16 months in 40% new American Oak. The wine was racked one more time before being prepared for bottling. Blend: 85.5% Zinfandel 10.5% Petite Sirah 4% Malbec Alcohol: 15% Total Acidity: 5.9 g/l pH: 3.78


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 07/05/2015

Wine Profile: Visually this wine is as impactful as the flavor profile, with a gorgeously opaque royal purple core giving way to a clear ruby red rim. Toasted oats and brown sugar notes curl around juicy cranberry-raspberry on the nose, reminiscent of a crisp just out of the oven, followed by balsamic strawberry reduction, faint rose petal and just a hint of the saddle. On the palate toast, oak and macerated strawberry are crowned by a high, bright ribbon of caramel, and robed in red delicious apples and watermelon candy. It is long and lean on the palate, with medium body and an everlasting finish showing considerable ageability in the tannins. Vintage: The 2013 vintage delivered one of the most ideal growing seasons to date. The year began with a warm, dry spring that laid the foundation for an exceptional fruit set. Despite one heat spike in late June, the vines had perfect conditions to move through each growth stage with ease. The vines were a picture perfect representation of health, as the grapes moved through veraison. The long, dry summer gave way to one of the earliest harvests to date in the history of Napa Valley. With no inclement weather in sight, vineyard managers had time on their side to pick at the optimal moment of balance and ripeness to create the best expression of their terrior. The wines from this vintage will represent the best of what Napa Valley can do and will be sought after the world over. Vineyard: Our family vineyard is located on 40 acres of Napa Valley floor just north of St. Helena on the Silverado Trail. It has well-drained, sandy, alluvial soils and is characterized by its ability to produce complex wines with well-defined fruit flavors, gentle acids and naturally balanced tannins. Titus Vineyards Napa Valley Zinfandel is produced from 30+ year-old vines that are planted on St. George rootstock and dry-farmed. This old-world winegrowing practice produces low yields of concentrated fruit. Blend: 85% Zinfandel 15% Petite Sirah Aging: 16 months Total Acidity: .56 pH: 3.76


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 06/21/2013

The nose is dark and brooding with notes of briary fruit and cherry all wrapped in dried basil, cardamom, black pepper, and anise. The aromas translate through to the palate with the addition of acai, blackberry, boysenberry, strawberry, burnt raw sugar, and toasty oak notes. The mouthfeel is full bodied with bright acid though all components are well balanced and extremely well integrated. This Zin's long, spicy finish is enhanced by strawberry and soft oak spice and toast. Recommended drinking time is three to five years from vintage with a maximum suggested aging time of eight to ten years from vintage. We also recommend decanting this wine for about an hour prior to drinking. - WineryBarrel Aging: 14 months, 100% American oak 25% newAlcohol: 15.9%Total Acidity: .65 g/100 mlpH: 3.77 ** SOLD OUT **


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 02/16/2013

The nose is dark and brooding with notes of briary fruit and cherry all wrapped in dried basil, cardamom, black pepper, and anise. The aromas translate through to the palate with the addition of acai, blackberry, boysenberry, strawberry, burnt raw sugar, and toasty oak notes. The mouthfeel is full bodied with bright acid though all components are well balanced and extremely well integrated. This Zin's long, spicy finish is enhanced by strawberry and soft oak spice and toast. Recommended drinking time is three to five years from vintage with a maximum suggested aging time of eight to ten years from vintage. We also recommend decanting this wine for about an hour prior to drinking. - WineryBarrel Aging: 14 months, 100% American oak 25% newAlcohol: 15.9%Total Acidity: .65 g/100 mlpH: 3.77


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Vintage: 2009 07/06/2011

Winemaker Notes - Winemaker Notes - Ripe aromas of spicy, briary dark fruit are wrapped in mol spice, cardamom, and milk chocolate shavings on the nose and translate through to the palate with the addition of black cherry, blackberry, boysenberry, sweet plum, white and black pepper, anise, and burnt raw sugar. The mouthfeel is full bodied and lush and offers hints of sweetness on the palate along with a dusty cocoa quality. This Zin s long, spicy finish is enhanced by black cherry, licorice, and soft oak spice and toast. Recommended drinking time is three to five years from vintage with a maximum suggested aging time of eight to ten years from vintage. We also recommend decanting this wine for about an hour prior to drinking.


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2007 01/03/2013

Ripe aromas of spicy, briary red fruit are wrapped in exotic spices on the nose and translate through to the palate with the addition of candied raspberries and cherries. The mouthfeel is full bodied and lush and offers hints of sweetness on the palate. This Zin's long spicy finish is enhanced by vanilla, licorice and toast notes imparted by the American Oak used to age this wine. Recommended drinking time is three to five years from vintage with a maximum suggested aging time of eight to ten years from vintage. We also recommend decanting this wine for about an hour prior to drinking. - Winery ** Only 3 in Stock **


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