2016 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
California: Napa Valley
Target locked… ready to engage! Dreams, dear Operatives, can come true with a deal so sweet that brings the ever so popular Titus Cabernet back into our undercover world, even if just for a day. After all, when Robert Parker year in year out continues to endorse a winery with the highest praise such as; “I have always enjoyed the wines from Titus, as they are always well-made… fruity, flavorful and supple-textured and the prices reasonable” the wines sell out fast every vintage. Here’s your Sunday chance to secure your Titus Cab, from a fabled vintage…
Let’s elaborate on 2016 for a moment… The Wine Advocate broke out a monstrous 98-point rating for the harvest and wrote; “I believe 2016 to be the best, most consistent Napa Valley vintage among a string of 5 great years… what I particularly love about the character of the 2016s is a kind of effortlessness about the wines - like a child possessing natural beauty from the get-go.” Titus’ 2016 exemplifies this poetic interpretation, it’s a breathtaking, and shockingly affordable illustration of the alluded profoundness.
Inky, glass staining and impenetrably dark ruby with the narrowest purple rim. A heady perfume, with ripe blackberry, cassis, cigar box, cocoa, and wood smoke, gets more intense by every whiff. Velvety tannins bloom on the palate, through ripe black cherry, fresh peppercorns, and clove. Classically Napa. classically Cabernet, long, concentrated and exotically spiced. This would sing with a medium rare grilled sirloin, and truffle mashed potatoes.
All this pedigree and beauty at 40% off? Only at The Wine Spies, only for a day. A vintage as fantastic as 2016 may not come by again!
Here’s what the wine press has to say:
92 Point Trifecta!
92 Points - Antonio Galloni’s Vinous - “These are gorgeous new releases from Titus. The wines are made by Phillip Corallo-Titus, who has also been the winemaker at Chappellet since 1990. The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is an attractive, mid-weight wine with tons of near and medium-term appeal. Dark cherry, plum, blueberry, new leather, spice open up effortlessly in this expressive, silky Cabernet from Titus. I would prefer to drink it over the next 10-15 years. Drink 2020-2031.”
92 Points - Jeb Dunnuck - “The inky purple colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon gives up more density and depth as well as meaty red and blue fruits, forest floor, and earth. It’s layered, has terrific purity of fruit, a supple texture, and the purity of the vintage. Drink it over the coming decade or so. Maturity: 2019 – 2027.”
92 Points - James Suckling - “Some quite meaty and spicy oak aromas here with a wealth of ripe mixed berries. The palate has a very smoothly arranged feel with toasty oak threaded through ripe, plush and soft berries. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon with Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec. Let the oak settle. Try from 2020.”
Inky, glass staining and impenetrably dark ruby with the narrowest purple rim.
Heady perfume, with ripe blackberry, cassis, cigar box, cocoa, and wood smoke.
Velvety tannins bloom through ripe black cherry, fresh peppercorns, and clove.
Classically Napa. classically Cabernet, long, concentrated and exotically spiced.
This would sing with a medium rare grilled sirloin and truffle mashed potatoes.
What the Winery Says
- Stephen Cruzan
- Vineyard Manager
- Eric Titus
- 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6.5% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot, 3.5% Malbec
- Napa Valley
- Harvest Date
- September 27 - October 12
- Total Acidity
- 6.1 g/L
- Barrel Aging
- 18 months in 55% new Hungarian (50%), French (40%) and American (10%) oak