Titus Wines Titus Andronicus Review
I think the Bordeaux Blend has great adoption these days. Whatever you want to call it, it was great. When people decry Napa for not having any reasonably priced red wines, this wine should be the poster child for what could be.
Wine review by: Jessyca Frederick |
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About this Wine
Wine: 2020 Titus Andronicus
Blend: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot
Region: Napa Valley, California
Retail price: $33
I consumed it: September 2022
My source: The Collectors Series by International Wine of the Month Club
From this winery: Titus Wines
Wine color/style: Red wine
Grape variety or blend: Bordeaux blend
Other characteristics: My favorites
Titus Andronicus: What I think
A group of wineries in Napa Valley have long sought to provide a formal name for wines made with Bordeaux grapes but grown in California — meritage (rhymes with heritage). I think the Bordeaux Blend has great adoption these days. Whatever you want to call it, it was great. When people decry Napa for not having any reasonably priced red wines, this wine should be the poster child for what could be.
Titus is owned by brothers Phil Titus (the winemaker responsible for Chappellet’s 99- and 100-pt scores) and Eric (the vineyard manager). For this wine, they hired another Napa superstar winemaker, Stephan Cruzan (Cade, Chappellet, and Hall wines) to create a true Napa Valley red blend.
We all loved this wine. It was so perfectly blended, fruit forward but balanced, smooth tannins, just a hint of vanilla from the oak, great acidity. The Merlot and Cabernet Franc stood out, adding interest beyond the Cabernet Sauvignon, as did the Petit Verdot’s trademark depth and bite. I’d seek this wine out. I could reorder it at Int'l Wine Club for $33 a bottle or as low as $28.05 if I buy a case of any wine. A great wine for a great price.
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