The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested in the two-week period from September 27th-October 12th of 2016. All the 2016 fruit was fully harvested before the rain started to fall on the 14th. It was gently destemmed and then pumped to a tank. It was fermented on the skins from 10-14 days and then drained at the completion of alcoholic fermentation. After draining it was racked to 55% new barrels (50% of which are Hungarian Oak, 40% French Oak and 10% American Oak) to barrels for aging. It was then racked quarterly for the first year before being racked to tank in May 2018 for bottling.
The 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon displays the brilliance or our Titus Ranch Estate with the preponderance of the Cabernet for this year's wine coming from this vineyard site. The sandy soils on the property and limited irrigation throughout the growing season make for wines with beautiful depth and lushness of tannin. The 2016 exhibits aromas of pomegranate, Bing Cherry, crushed flowers, sweet herbs, dried cranberries, and mocha. The delightful aromas follow through to the mouth-filling and concentrated palate with flavors of French plum, mission fig, fruit leather, cocoa powder, and espresso. The tannins and acid provide freshness and grace to the wine that makes it tasty and approachable. Enjoy now through 2026.
Vineyard Manager: Eric Titus
Winemaker: Stephen Cruzan
Appellation: Napa Valley
Harvest Date: September 27 - October 12
Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon
6.5% Petit Verdot