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Titus Cabernet Franc 2014

Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley, California
    14.9% ABV
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    14.9% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    The 2014 is a wonderful expression of the variety Cabernet Franc. It's open aromas of bright cherry, fresh plum, strawberry and currants are underscored by notes of cocoa powder, sage, lavender, sandalwood and earl grey tea. The palate opens with a core of rich red fruit highlighted by flavors of strawberry compote, dried cherries and cranberries that lead to hints of Mexican chocolate, baking spices, roasted coffee, and cigar box. The body is smooth with warm, radiant tannins that are supported by a fresh acidity the keeps the wine crisp and refreshing. The 2014 Titus Cabernet Franc will pair well with smoked or stewed meats, even turkey at Thanksgiving Dinner. Enjoy now through 2026.

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    Titus Vineyards

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    Titus Vineyards, Napa Valley, California
    In 1968 Lee and Ruth Titus bought 50 acres north of St. Helena in the North Napa Valley. Son Phillip Titus is the winemaker for both Chappellet vineyards and Titus vineyards. Since 1990 limited quantities of distinctive Cabernet and Zinfandel have been produced.

    Napa Valley

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    One of the world's most highly regarded regions for wine production as well as tourism, the Napa Valley was responsible for bringing worldwide recognition to California winemaking. In the 1960s, a few key wine families settled the area and hedged their bets on the valley's world-class winemaking potential—and they were right.

    The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980s, when producers scooped up vineyard lands and planted vines throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, and today Napa is home to hundreds of producers ranging from boutique to corporate. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux blends. Napa whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

    Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that claim specific characteristics based on situation, slope and soil. Farthest south and coolest from the influence of the San Pablo Bay is Carneros, followed by Coombsville to its northeast and then Yountville, Oakville and Rutherford. Above those are the warm St. Helena and the valley's newest and hottest AVA, Calistoga. These areas follow the valley floor and are known generally for creating rich, dense, complex and smooth reds with good aging potential. The mountain sub appellations, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs, include Stags Leap District, Atlas Peak, Chiles Valley (farther east), Howell Mountain, Mt. Veeder, Spring Mountain District and Diamond Mountain District. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from a lot of time in the bottle to evolve and soften.

    Cabernet Franc

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    The subtler and more delicate of the Cabernets, Cabernet Franc is a proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. While both are important grapes in modern day, high quality Bordeaux, interestingly, Cabernet Franc most likely originated from the Basque region of France sometime during the middle 1600’s. Today Cabernet Franc produces outstanding single varietal wines across the wine producing world, with some of its most classic examples from France’s Loire Valley, in the regions of Chinon, Bourgueil and Saumur-Champigny. Outside of France, Cabernet Franc performs quite well in parts of California, New York and Virginia. It is also a great blending grape.

    In the Glass

    Cabernet Franc typically tastes of red raspberries, cherries and herbs, with a stunning perfume of violets, tobacco and spice.

    Perfect Pairings

    Mouthwatering acidity makes Cabernet Franc an incredibly food-friendly wine, helping to cut through the richness of fatty meat dishes. It especially shines in tandem with lamb, and its affinity for the spice cabinet allows it to pair perfectly with Chinese dishes prepared with Szechuan pepper and five-spice.

    Sommelier Secrets

    One of California's best-kept secrets is the Happy Canyon appellation of Santa Barbara. Here Cabernet Franc shines as a single varietal wine or in blends, expressing sumptuous fruit, savory aromas and polished tannins.

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