2019 Titus 'Reserve' Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley


The 2019 Titus Family Estate Reserve displays the focused character of the Ehlers Lane vineyard with a powerful wine that is impeccably structured. As it develops in the glass aromas of blueberry, and dark cherry, come together with espresso, bakers’ chocolate, crème brulee, and rose hip. Unctuous on the palate this delightful wine is nicely framed with lush tannins that highlight crème de cassis, black raspberry, and rich toast flavors. The wine keeps freshness through the finish and lingers with purity and grace.

The story of Titus Vineyards begins when Lee Titus and his family came to California from Minnesota during the Depression. After graduating from Fresno State and serving in World War II, Lee attended medical school and became a radiologist. He would later meet and fall in love with Ruth Traverso, a North Beach native, and settle in Sonoma with their four sons. A wine enthusiast with an interest in Bordeaux, Lee began acquiring fifty acres in three separate parcels just north of St. Helena along the valley floor. The vineyard they bought in 1968 was originally planted to Mondeuse, Burger, and Golden Chasselas, along with other varietals not suited to the climate or commercial reality. Lee had the foresight to replant Bordeaux cultivars like Petit Verdot and Malbec, a decision that was incredibly prescient. Soon he began selling fruit to local wineries. Fast forward to 1990, when Lee’s son Phillip Corallo-Titus, now an accomplished winemaker entrusted to craft the wines of Chappellet, launched the Titus family label, and in 1997 his marine biologist brother Eric Titus joined the team as full-time viticulturist.

Cabernet Sauvignon
Phillip Titus
22 Months
Oak Treatment:
100% new French oak
Napa Valley
Total Varietal Composition %:
95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot
Alcohol %:
SKU #:
750 ml Bottle



Lovely and lifted aromas of candied violets, dark roasted coffee beans, graham cracker, black-toned fruit, and rich, lavish oak notes. Expansive on entry, offering loads of ripe blue fruit flavours, leather, more concentrated notes of espresso, crushed minerals, and licorice. Robust, woody tannins are matched by a beam of scintillating acidity, which glides to a long fresh finish.


James Suckling

An array of ripe blackcurrants and blackberries with notes of spices and pine wood. Full-bodied, deep and solid, yet juicy, with delicious fruit, firm tannins and a long, chocolatey and warming finish. Will soften in a couple of years. Try in 2023.


Jeb Dunnuck

The deep purple-hued 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Family Estate Reserve is well worth seeking out, and it certainly plays above its price point. Impressive cassis, tobacco, chocolate, and spicy oak, as well as a kiss of chalky rock-like minerality, all give way to a rich, full-bodied, mouth-filling effort with ripe tannins and a great finish. It’s a brilliant Cabernet that I suspect will have 10-15 years of longevity, if not more.