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Titus Vineyards

2013 Merlot

This elegant Merlot, often an overlooked gem,
is an excellent example of what this grape can do.

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2013 Merlot

Technical Information


The 2013 vintage delivered one of the most ideal growing seasons to date. The year began with a warm, dry spring that laid the foundation for an exceptional fruit set. Despite one heat spike in late June, the vines had perfect conditions to move through each growth stage with ease. The vines were a picture perfect representation of health, as the grapes moved through veraison. The long, dry summer gave way to one of the earliest harvests to date in the history of Napa Valley. With no inclement weather in sight, vineyard managers had time on their side to pick at the optimal moment of balance and ripeness to create the best expression of their terroir. The wines from this vintage will represent the best of what Napa Valley can do and will be sought after the world over.


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 largely devoted to blending into our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon wines with any excess reserved for a small production, varietal Merlot wine.

Wine Profile

The 2013 Titus Merlot delivers a lavish and complex wine. The aromas are built on a core of red cherry, cassis and fruit leather that are complemented by notes of tobacco, baking spice, mocha and black tea.  The mouthfeel of this delightful wine is smooth and has a medium body that makes it a pleasure to sip.  The flavors are dominated by maraschino cherries, vermouth, mulberry and cigar box.  There’s a nice hint of oak spice, coco nib and toasted pie crust to round out the finish.  Enjoy this wine now through 2024.

Technical Information

Vineyard Manager:      Eric Titus

Winemaker:                 Phillip Titus

Appellation:                 Napa Valley

Blend:                          76% Merlot

                                     14% Malbec

                                     10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Cases Produced:          181

Release:           October 2015

Barrel Aging:   20 months, 40% New - French Oak & Hungarian Oak

Bottled:            June 2015      

Alcohol:           14.9%             

Total Acidity:  .59g/100 ml

pH:                  3.77