2002 Titus Merlot

2002 Titus Merlot

As a Library Selection, this wine is available exclusively to members of
Titus Vineyards Wine Club.

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Our second vintage of Merlot, with 221 cases produced. This bold wine is the Merlot for Cabernet-drinkers!

As a Library Selection, this wine is available exclusively to members of Titus Vineyards Wine Club.

Wine Specs

Vintage 2002
Varietal Merlot
Appellation Napa Valley
Acid .56g/100ml
Alcohol % 14.6

Wine Profile

Tasting Notes Our 2002 Merlot is a wine of deep, inky color and concentrated fruit characters edged in rich spice notes. The nose reveals aromas of roasted strawberries, ripe blueberries, brown sugar, smoky barrel spice and freshly brewed tea. The mouth-feel is dense, showing a hefty structure balanced by round tannins. Extracted flavors of boysenberry, blue plum and Rainier cherry play against exotic notes of hoisin and freshly ground coffee beans.
Vineyard Notes Our family vineyard is located on the valley floor just north of St. Helena on the Silverado Trail. It has well-drained, sandy, alluvial soils and is characterized by its ability to produce complex wines with well-defined fruit flavors, gentle acids and naturally balanced tannins.
Winemaker Notes Following harvest, the grapes were de-stemmed but not crushed, allowing increased control over tannin extraction by minimizing the possibility of broken skins and split seeds. Following a 48-hour cold soak to extract color and flavor, the grapes were fermented for 10 days, with pump-overs occurring twice daily. The free-run was transferred to an equal number of new and two-year-old French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. After 17 months in barrel it was blended with small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Verdot and prepared for bottling.
Other Notes The 2002 growing season began with normal rainfall, and continued with even weather patterns that allowed for consistent ripening and balanced tannins. Shortly before harvest a record-breaking 18-day heat wave quickly boosted fruit intensity and skin pigment resulting in wines of marked concentration, rich color, and notable extraction.