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Titus: reasonably priced wines still exist in Napa.

A 40-minute drive from our Napa Bed and Breakfast Inn, The Inn On First, is a winery called Titus.  Located in the the Rutherford Appellation, the property has been owned by the family since the 1968 and today the two sons continue the tradition of wine-making begun by their parents.

Titus WineryDanielle was our hostess for the day and made our experience perfectly delightful.  She showed us the new construction site for a new tasting room (due to open up this summer) and then invited us into the historic home on site for a full tasting of their wines.  What is important to note is that everything they make is “estate grown” with the exception of 3% of wine that is sourced out.  That is phenomenal.

We began with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc ($20) with a light fruit nose, with hints of apple and pear.  We moved onto a Merlot ($34) that was soft on the nose with a touch of strawberry and a light chocolate finish.  We  moved onto their Cabernet Sauvignon ($50) that was simply elegant on the nose with light cherry overtones and a soft leather finish.  The family’s Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve, was the most expensive bottle at $75, and was simply luscious, with soft dark chocolate and mocha notes.  I loved it.  They also make a Cabernet Franc, a Malbec, and a blended wine they call Lot 1.

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