2006 Titus Cabernet Sauvignon

2006 Titus Cabernet Sauvignon

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Expert Ratings and Reviews

89 Points Wine Spectator
88 Points Wine Advocate

Customer Ratings

Based on 199 ratings
Well Balanced

Bold, great structure, yet smooth finish.

smooth

Excellent with some grilled filet mignons! The smooth, velvety finish complimented the entire dinner.

Great Character

I approached this wine with an open mind knowing that it was not Insignia but still excited to see the comparison. Four of us all had the same pleasant "mmmmm" reaction upon our first taste. This wine had a smooth and elegant front end. There was plenty of body, complexity and had well rounded notes. It had a lengthy and ever so slight a tannic finish that only left me wanting another sip. This wine will not let you down. I intend to buy more of this vintage as it is a very good wine and a great value.

Good, But Not Insignia

I've had insignia for years now and the smoothness from start to finish is VERY hard to find in other wines. Titus, does a good job creating a smooth START, but does not the BIG finish (or extremely smooth finish) the insignia does. I think over the next year or two years this wine will mature creating a nicer balance. But for $36 a bottle, it might be a great wine to store away for a couple of years...it might just be a great surprise. Suggestion: Buy a case or a half case, open a couple of bottles over a nice dinner, then store the other bottles away (OUT OF REACH) for at least eight months. I think the 14% alcohol will help mellow the wine a bit and possibly create a nicer balanced wine.

Decant for a day.

To much anticipation, we opened the new Titus Cab with a dinner of marinated flank steak off of the smoker grill. Too tightly wound and youthful at first...we left half the bottle for the next day. GOOD CALL!!! Decant this baby for a least a whole day, you will be thrilled at the richness and complexity. I only wish I had purchase a whole case as this wine will age very well.

Pleasing from the start!

Titus was without a doubt delightful. Will cellar and enjoy for many years to come. Nice body, and finish. Excellent bouquet, great nose. It needs more time but will be a lot of fun to have around in 11 and 12.

Not What I Was Hoping For

This was my first time trying Titus. For the price, I was hoping for deeper more complex cab. Not much of a nose and too strong of a tast for me. I will let my other bottles age a couple years before trying again in hopes for a smoother, taste.

Poor Value

Tasted this wine soon after opening, and found it offered little on the nose and not much more on the palate. We left the second half of the bottle open many hours to breathe hoping for improvement as suggested in some of the other reviews, but found it was no better. I completely agree with the wine description and tasting notes as described by jlinder1 on 6/19/2009.

Poor value

Deep ruby, color hardly changes at the rim Herbaceous fragrance Little or no fruit, whether red or black Predominant vegetal characteristic Green pepper Somewhat coarse No complexity Astringent, but not overbearing, overwhelmed by vegetal flaw Little or no length, not that you want that in a wine like this Score: 85

Other Vintages of Titus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Napa Valley 2006

The 2006 vintage was not the easiest for Napa growers, as a wide range of issues demanded careful management of the vineyards. It started as winter flooding, and wet weather pushed back bud break — spring botrytis was a problem. Things heated up in June and July, and shatter was a problem, but the pace of ripening also caught up somewhat in the warm conditions. August cooled off a bit, allowing the pace of ripening to continue at a good clip, and conditions remained sound through the harvest. Cool temperatures arrived in October, with a little rain in the first week, and mold was a concerns. Late-ripening Cabernet struggled somewhat to achieve perfect physiological ripeness, and while the vintage has produced some very good to excellent wines, it is a bit more variable than the stellar years that surround it.

Key Dates

June
Conditions warmer than average

July
Conditions warmer than average

August
Coolest of the summer months

October
Slight rain at the start of the month

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