Napa Valley AVA
The Titus Family grew and accepted its role as one of Napa Valley’s leading growers.
More than 50 years ago, a young radiologist who was originally from Minnesota and his San Francisco-born wife had a dream of making wine in Napa Valley and found some property that had been farmed for the previous 150 years. They foresaw the wine evolution of Napa Valley that was then in its infancy and planted Bordeaux varietals that were in turn sold to top notch wineries including Beaulieu Vineyard, Cuvaison Winery, Quail Ridge Winery and Pine Ridge Vineyards.
Dr. Lee Titus and his wife Ruth added additional parcels of valley floor land to their holdings and eventually ended up farming some 60 accumulated acres. During that time, the Titus Family grew and accepted its role as one of Napa Valley’s leading growers.
Fast forward to the late 1980’s and Dr. Titus is nearing his retirement. His family had always spoken of entering the commercial winery market and Titus Family finally agreed to their wishes. Along with his son Philip, Dr. Titus managed to create the initial offering of Titus Vineyards wines. That was in 1990, with a total of around 600 cases being produced.
After the winery’s initial successes in both competitions and industry periodicals, Titus Vineyards grew steadily until it reached its present production level of just over 14,000 cases. “This amount will vary according to each vintage’s yields,” informed Eric Titus, Philip’s brother and the family member charged with running the winery. “We employ a low-density approach to our vineyards along with sustainability farming that provides the finest fruit possible from our vineyards. We calculate everything by the number of tons we crush. We average around the 220 to 240 tons each year. Considering our acreage, that figure is quite low.”
The two estate properties that comprise Titus Vineyards are the heart of the operation. The Ranch Estate (50 acres) is located along the base of Howell Mountain with the Silverado Trail and the Napa River as boundaries. The Ehlers Lane Family Estate (10 acres) was added in the 1970’s is located within the St. Helena AVA and contains compressed volcanic ash topped by the noted Hambright Rock Outcrop and is commonly called “red Gold” in Napa winegrowing circles.
Titus also explained that some 80% of the fruit grown on the company’s estate vineyards goes into Titus Vineyards’ final blends. Small amounts of complementary grapes are sourced locally while all the Cabernet Sauvignon used by Titus Vineyards is home grown. “This allows us to control the quality of our wines each vintage and that’s the most important aspect in producing truly great wines,” he added.
A new state-of-the-art winery was completed in 2015 much to the delight of the entire Titus Family. “My brother Philip (a UC Davis graduate and former winemaker for Quail Ridge, Stratford and the current winemaker at iconic Chappellet Vineyards) oversaw the construction of the winery from a technical aspect and continues today to oversee all aspects of our wine making. We also have an excellent winemaker in Stephen Cruzan who has an amazing international resume that includes positions in New Zealand (Sacred Hill Winery), Burgundy’s Domaine d’Ardhui and Germany’s prestigious Clemens-Busch. He was formerly assistant winemaker at CADE Winery on Howell Mountain and was also an assistant at Chappellet under my brother Philip,” explained Eric Titus. “We are delighted he is at the reins of our winemaking team that has continued to provide us with award-winning wines that achieve high scores from wine raters.”
Titus Vineyards’ expressive label is the work of another Titus Family member, artist Laura Corallo-Titus. The label features an artistic amphora along with a diamond background intended to portray broad shoulders that conveys the strong meaning of Titus, the Roman God of strength.
Titus Vineyards has been one of the highly regarded Napa Valley wineries for almost three decades and has established a well-founded reputation as one of the area’s finest producers of Cabernet Sauvignon. Under the guidance of the Titus brothers, this smallish winery operation should continue to produce fabulous wines in the future that continue to set the bar at the highest rung. Dr. Lee Titus, founder and visionary, passed away in 2006. His wife Ruth is a spry 88 and continues to enjoy her family’s success in the wine industry. As true pioneers of the modern Napa Valley wine scene we are delighted to share this marvelous wine with our Diamond Wine Club members! Enjoy!
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Dear Platinum Wine Club Members
We are delighted to share with you the 2016 Titus Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Our flagship wine is sourced from the Titus Ranch Estate Vineyard, which our family purchased in 1969. Our 50-acre vineyard and winery are located at the base of Howell Mountain along the Silverado Trail in the heart of the St. Helena AVA, Napa Valley. The wine pops out of the glass with dried cherry, plum, cigar box, and ground coffee aromas.
The palate is rich with concentrated pomegranate, French plum, mocha, fresh herbs and spice that holds through the round mid-palate. The fine-grained tannins and fresh acid deliver a bright, fresh body that finishes with long notes of dark chocolate, baking spices and currant. After fifty years of growing grapes and making fine wine, we hope you enjoy this as much as we have enjoyed creating it!