Titus Malbec 2014 | 100 Point Winemaker Phil Titus’ Napa Malbec
Titus Malbec 2014 displays opaque, glass-staining purple in color. On the nose, ripe blackcurrant, raspberry, and blueberry leap from the glass, with overt lilac and violet notes complemented by hints of vanilla, dried lavender, and pie spice. This shows a broad and fleshy body on entry, yielding to plum and pomegranate fruits with a hint of mocha, rounded out by velvety tannins on the finish. A joyful, full-bodied wine fruity enough for Merlot drinkers, but dense enough for lovers of Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now-2024.
Winery | Such a fun wine to drink! Pleasing aromas of pomegranate, red currants, dried flowers, citrus zest, and Asian five spices abound. The Titus Malbec 2014 palate is mouth popping. Also a freshness redolent of summertime flavors such as cherry pie, juicy plum, and raspberry. A creamy and smooth mouthfeel with medium bodied tannins draws the wine out to a finish of cocoa and rum raisin.
Napa Insider Malbec
A true insider wine, the Titus Malbec 2014 is deep and lush, sourced from the Titus family’s 40-acre estate just north of St. Helena on the Silverado Trail. Gorgeously ripe and complex, it offers a juicy mix of pomegranate, raspberry, and blackcurrant. In addition complemented by blooming lilac and lavender, with hints of vanilla and mocha. Robert Parker hailed Titus’ wines as “always well-made and the prices reasonable.
Winemaker Phil Titus
So, the story of Lee Titus—Phil and Eric’s father, who moved to California from Minnesota just after the Depression—is a piece of St. Helena folklore. It also contains the roots of today’s extraordinary Malbec. As Lee attended medical school, his future wife, Ruth Traverso, the daughter of Italian parents, was living in the Bay Area. During family October vacations in Napa Valley, the Traversos returned to their Piedmontese roots. And helping friends harvest their vineyards in Calistoga. Of course, years later, when Ruth and Lee married, both husband and wife were smitten by the wine bug.