Titus- A hidden gem in Napa Valley

Highlights: St. Helena, modern tasting room, valley floor views, great staff, fabulous wine....need I say more?



Good For:

-small groups

-groups of 6-8

-girls day

-parents day

-semi-quick tasting experience if you need it to be (or stay and enjoy!)


They host visitors by appointment, with the first availability at 10:00am and our last availability at 3:30pm. They have two tasting experiences: $45 for the tasting room and $75 for the vineyard experience where they take you on a ride (in style) through the vineyards, followed by a tasting!



One thing that can be hard in Napa is finding a great Napa wine for under $100. Well, the secret is out....look no further! Titus has many wines for $50 range and under. And they are power packed wines that bring those big bold Napa flavors to the table without compromising your wallet.


There views are incredible! When you are in the tasting room or out on the patio it feels like you are in the middle of the vineyard -- which made me never want to leave.


Okay now lets talk wine club: their wine club is INCREDIBLE! You get 20% off the wine AND complimentary tastings when you visit for up to 4 people. One of the reasons I like their wine club is they are very accommodating (when they can be), which can be hard to find in a wine membership so this is one I definitely recommend.



Wine Recommendations down below:


THE STORY:

In 1968 Lee and Ruth began acquiring fifty acres in three separate parcels just north of St. Helena along the valley floor. California's wine industry had yet to achieve its enormous potential, and land was affordable for the right purchaser. The vineyard Lee and Ruth Titus acquired in 1968 was originally planted to Mondeuce, Burger, and Golden Chasselas (varietals all but forgotten today) alongside more well known varietals like Pinot Noir, one that is poorly suited to our warm, up-valley microclimate. The vineyard needed a change.

Lee loved what was happening in Bordeaux at the time, and decided that those were the grape varietals he wanted to plant.(Another reason why this is one of my favs..y'all know how much I love my Bordeaux wines) And so it began, with Lee holding a book on Bordeaux in one hand and planting grapevines with the other saying, "you boys are going to need this some day." At that time, planting Malbec and Petit Verdot for example, was relatively unheard of and probably considered risky. Now, Phillip and Eric absolutely appreciate their father's foresight.

It would be more than twenty years before they crushed fruit for production of Titus Vineyards wines. Although they hoped one day to build a family operated winery, Lee and Ruth spent those interim years raising their sons and growing grapes for other wineries, including Charles Krug, Beaulieu Vineyards, Quail Ridge, and Pine Ridge.

Ultimately, Lee and Ruth left the creation of Titus Vineyards wines up to their sons: Phillip works as winemaker for Titus Vineyards, while Eric manages the business and vineyards.



Okay now lets talk wines.


My two favorite wines:

2014 Cabernet Franc: This is a smaller production wine and its packed with flavor. Smooth and an all around easy drinking wine.

2015 Merlot: Could sit for another year or 2, but with some cheese or food and a good decant this wine really opens up and is a crowd pleaser!



Can't wait to hear about what you think about this winery and their wine!



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