Winery: Titus Vineyards
Bottling: 2005 Cabernet Franc
Sub-Region: Napa Valley
Estimated Retail Price: $36
Purchase Details: Bought for approximately $70 off of the wine list at Ruth’s Chris steak house.
Tasting Notes: Violets, velvet, flowers and berries delight. These were the characteristics that really stood out in this wine and are what formed the personality of the 2005 Titus Cabernet Franc. On the nose the wine had a lightness and elegance that was reminiscent of smelling a pinot noir, except that it didn’t smell like a pinot.
Violets, lavender, spice and berries on the nose. In the mouth, more violets, berries and chocolate covered dark cherries. The wine was no doubt delicious, but more impressive was its velvety smoothness and caressing texture. It was a very balanced wine that had just the right amount of structure, fruit, tannin and acid. You could tell that this was a wine that was made with care in the vineyard as well as in the winery.
Food Pairing & Context in Which to Enjoy: Although the wine was on the elegant side, it still had enough stuffing to walk hand in hand with our steaks. I think this would go well with a wide range of foods and would pair especially well with pacific rim/asian-fusion cuisine.
Winery & Other Background Information: I like this winery a lot. When we had our retail store, we often carried the Titus Cabernet Sauvignon and Titus zinfandel. Many of our customers always came back impressed with the quality of their cabernet sauvignon relative to it’s price point. At $40, many of our customers felt that it was better than lot of cabernet sauvingons in the $50-$65 range, and I couldn’t agree with them more.
The estate is family owned and operated by the Titus brothers, with Eric concentrating on the business and farming aspects and Phillip handling the winemaking duties. Phillip also makes the wines for Chappellet Winery, whose wines by the way I also love.
Until recently, the winery only focused on red wine production. Zinfandel, petite sirah, cabernet franc, two cabernet sauvignons, a merlot and a red blend are the red wines the estate produces. The 2008 vintage marks the first release of a sauvignon blanc from the winery.