2007 Titus Cabernet Franc

Yes the dreaded 89. Why so many wineries despise the 89 is beyond me. It means it was almost an A (excellent) instead of just a very good. Vintages for different varieties (especially Cabernet Franc) can be quite varied in Napa – more than Sonoma (weather is a bit more consistent) but consistency in grapes leads to predictability.

In this vintage, the Napa 2007 Titus Cabernet Franc did not develop the complexity this vineyard has produced in the past. That being said, it is a very good wine and a welcomed beverage at my dinner table any time.  The trademark dusty earthy flavors are evident but not pronounced and the wide culinary pairings available with past vintages are reigned in a bit with this one.

Roasted duck breast with confit would be a good match. Mushroom pizza would be another great pairing and gorgonzola will work if the cheese cart is rolling by. Maybe I need to wait a while. I will check again in six months to see how this one progresses. ~Marc Hinton

Rating: 89 | $36 | 14.5% ABV

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  2. Christophe October 12, 2010 at 4:17 PM - Reply

    Thanks for the write up. Always glad to see people enjoying the wines from Titus Vineyards. Scores are scores, it is more important that people are trying different things and drinking wines they like. Cheers – Christophe

  3. enobytes October 12, 2010 at 6:58 PM - Reply

    I couldn’t agree with you more Christophe! Cheers. ~Pamela

  4. Mark October 19, 2010 at 8:43 AM - Reply

    Nice to see a Cab Franc review, even here at Enobytes those are few and far between! We found a nice one in a recent Napa trip, only 200 cases though which makes distribution tricky at best.

    As much as we’d all like consumers to try wine for the sake of improving their palate etc, they buy based on scores even more so than other marketing. 89 isn’t helpful at all unless we’re talking about a $20 wine.

  5. enobytes October 19, 2010 at 7:56 PM - Reply

    Hey Mark! Ok, I see your point, but let me reiterate. As Marc mentioned in his first paragraph, this wine came damn close to excellent but just missed the mark. We can’t give top ratings to every wine. If we did, we’d lose respect and readership. Sure, it would be great to give every wine 90+ ratings but in the real world, this isn’t possible. It’s about fair and honest reviewing. Readers expect that, right? We have high admiration for Titus. Heck, we always have a large stash of Titus wine in our cellar. Why? Because they make kick butt wine. But some vintages are just better than others. That’s just reality. But going back to the issue about the score, what’s your opinion on this topic? In this case, would a B+ , 4.9 stars or an over achiever wine badge represent the wine in a more positive light?


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