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Titus Vineyards Napa Valley Lot 1 2006

An unusual red blend wine from Estate vineyards in the Napa Valley.

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Super-tasty and ageable red blend that has an unusual composition!

  • Mar 9, 2010
Rating:
+4
From my WineLog at WineLog.net:

g> Darker ruby, violet tinges

Nose: Charred earth, dried leather with plush, deep black fruit underneath that is just poking through right now.

Palate: Plush blackberry here with wonderful black cherry in the mid-palate, followed by chewy tannins and again, great acid.  Good!

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The Story of LOT 1

The 2006 Lot 1 is our ninth vintage of this unusual wine that began as an imaginary combination during a blending trial. Several years ago, Eric & Phillip were tasting and talking their way through small lots of Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot. Tasting slowed and conversation digressed while Eric and Phillip wondered what would happen if we combined these two powerhouse varietals?


Petite Sirah is dark and inky in color, with a hearty, voluptuous texture, and characters of blackberry and black pepper. Petit Verdot shows deep, purpley colour, with a full body, firm tannins and notes of exotic florals, spicy perfume and mineral. Rarely produced as a varietal wine, Petit Verdot is generally blended into Cabernet Sauvignon based wines. Both grapes have their place, but traditionally not in the same bottle. Would blending them together be madness…….or……genius? With an established track record of extraordinary accolades and a very loyal following, we think you’ll agree, that it’s decidedly a bit of both.


Vintage

Overall, the 2006 growing season was long and steady with the exception of a cool spring with late rains and a heat spike in July. All the grapes were harvested in alignment with our predictions avoiding everything coming in at once. Interestingly, harvest at Titus Vineyards began ten days later than we would typically end allowing the grapes to benefit from the extended hang time resulting in optimum ripeness ...

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Details

Winemaker: Phillip Titus
Varietal: Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot
Year: 2006
Region: Napa Valley, California
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