Titus Zinfandel 2015 | Under the Radar Napa Zin from 100pt Winemakers
Titus Zinfandel 2015 presents an opaque purple with dark red edges. Rich cranberry, raspberry preserves, and subtle rose petal and spice aromas. Crushed strawberry, red delicious apple, vanilla, and caramel spread on the medium-bodied palate, bound by a faint ribbon of smokiness. Firm tannins and gentle acidity shape a lengthy finish. Hefty-pours recommended on this mouthwatering, delicious gem.
Winery | Titus Zinfandel 2015 has beautiful aromas of brambleberry, sarsaparilla, 5 spice and tart cherry. It glides across your palate and finishes with a refreshing pop; the flavors conjuring summertime memories of cherry pie, molasses and horehound, and autumn spice. The vines were planted in 1977, and this wine exemplifies the concentration and grace of these old vines. Enjoy this wine upon release through 2030 and beyond.
The Brothers Eric & Phil Titus
So the Titus brothers are a force to be reckoned with in Napa Valley. This year marks their 50th anniversary of farming in the valley, but our favorite thing to do with the Titus brothers is drinking wine.
The wine we tasted was Phil’s under-the-radar Titus Zinfandel 2016. Marrying the concentration of Contra Costa County (think Matt Cline’s Three Wine Co.) with the complexity of Sonoma Zins (like Ridge or Martinelli). While Titus Zinfandel 2016 owes its deep-berry concentration to a patch of 40-year-old Zinfandel vines that Titus and his brother Eric planted along the Silverado Trail just north of St. Helena.
Winemaker Stephen Cruzan
In 2009, he joined the team at Chappellet Winery under Phillip Titus. Working closely with Phillip, Stephen moved up the ladder from Cellar Hand to Enologist. And had the chance to meet Phillip’s brother Eric Titus as well. Under Philip’s program, he focused on modern winemaking. Hence getting the optimal expression from the grapes and mid-palate texture.
With the advent of a new winery for Titus Vineyards in 2015, the Titus brothers reached out to Stephen to take the reins on their new facility. While he made the most of his opportunity to work with Phillip and Eric. And once again and is crafting expressive wines off of the family’s estate vineyards and select vineyard sites in Napa Valley.