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Titus Vineyards

2012 Malbec

A Titus Vineyards First! Limited production, Napa Valley, Estate Grown Malbec.

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2012 Malbec

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91 points from James Suckling


The 2012 growing season started with an exceptional fruit set that allowed for tailoring the eventual ripened crops through green harvest. Three previous vintages had offered lower yields. That said, yields from 2012 were back to ‘normal’ and even a bumper crop in some cases. Heralded as a ‘classic’ Napa Valley vintage, the growing season was long. Days were warmer than average and nights were very cool. These temperature fluctuations created even ripeness in the berries with great acidity to assist in aging ability and higher sugars to help create lush, full wines. Harvest was easy going with no surprise rains or temperature spikes. The wines from this vintage will be talked about for many years to come.


Our family vineyard is located on 40 acres of Napa 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. The fruit from this small section of vineyard is entirely devoted to blending into our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon wines, and produced enough excess in 2012 for a small production, varietal Malbec wine.  

Wine Profile

A first for Titus, this stunner Napa Valley Malbec shines from first whiff to last drop. The nose presents aromas of black pepper, blackberry and soft, buttery oak. This is a medium bodied wine with a dark and luscious palate, where juicy blackberries, black cherries and spicy pepper give way to refined, silky tannins and a lingering finish. A limited release wine; only 10 barrels produced.

Technical Information

Vineyard Manager:      Eric Titus

Winemaker:                 Phillip Titus

Appellation:                 Napa Valley

Harvest Date:              October 16, 2012

Blend:                         75% Malbec

                                  14% Merlot

                                  11% Petit Verdot

Cases Produced:           265

Release:                      August 2014

Barrel Aging:                20 Months

                                 100% French Oak, 50% New

Bottled:                      June 2014

Alcohol:                      14.9% 

Total Acidity:               .55 g/100 ml

pH:                             3.82