Andronicus

Napa Valley Red Blend

9.159 ratings
9.09 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Red Blend
Game, Baking Spices, Duck, Goose, Potato, Chili & Hot Spicy, White Rice, Exotic Spices, Pasta, Herbs, Beans & Peas, Onion, Chicken, Pork, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Soft Cheese, Mushrooms, Tomato-Based, Turkey, Veal, Hard Cheese
Top Notes For
Byron C Mayes

Dark, blackish purple with red black core. Inviting nose of blackberry cobbler and ash. Palate confirms the nose adding smoky blueberry. Firm, crushed velvet tannins assert immediately and through the medium length finish. Medium New World level acidity (of course). Petite Sirah is clearly in a leading role in this bold California red from the folks at Titus (get it? Titus Andronicus?). Excellent choice for steaks and cookout fare. Drink now through 2026.

Dark, blackish purple with red black core. Inviting nose of blackberry cobbler and ash. Palate confirms the nose adding smoky blueberry. Firm, crushed velvet tannins assert immediately and through the medium length finish. Medium New World level acidity (of course). Petite Sirah is clearly in a leading role in this bold California red from the folks at Titus (get it? Titus Andronicus?). Excellent choice for steaks and cookout fare. Drink now through 2026.

Oct 1st, 2023
Byron C Mayes

Dark, glass-clinging reddish purple to the edge with a near opaque core. Inviting nose of blueberry and graphitey plum. Full bodied palate echoes the nose with a licorice blackberry added mid-palate to moderately long finish. Medium acidity. Medium minus tannins (more assertive at the finish and after air). What else would you expect from an “entry level” blend by the masters at Titus? This is an classic California red blend that’s a perfect accompaniment to premium fare and ready to upscale your picnics and Tuesday night dinners. Brisket, barbecue, or anything in between. Drink now through 2024.

Dark, glass-clinging reddish purple to the edge with a near opaque core. Inviting nose of blueberry and graphitey plum. Full bodied palate echoes the nose with a licorice blackberry added mid-palate to moderately long finish. Medium acidity. Medium minus tannins (more assertive at the finish and after air). What else would you expect from an “entry level” blend by the masters at Titus? This is an classic California red blend that’s a perfect accompaniment to premium fare and ready to upscale your picnics and Tuesday night dinners. Brisket, barbecue, or anything in between. Drink now through 2024.

Jul 4th, 2021
Aaron Means

Mass appeal here!

Mass appeal here!

Feb 28th, 2018
Matt Sterr

Mostly Merlot and Malbec.

Mostly Merlot and Malbec.

Jan 26th, 2018
Isaac Pirolo

When it comes to under $30 reds from Napa I usually just avoid the category entirely. Much of it follows a Prisoner or Caymus formula with inferior fruit and perverse oak treatment. There's just too many wines that should be a third of their price... and even then I would rather overpay for a different style of wine. Kudos to the Titus brothers for producing an exceptional under $30 red blend from Napa that could easily pass for something twice the price. And props for the truth in advertising. Their own tasting note is so spot on that my only comment is 'ditto' ... "A berry basket of aromas immediately greet your nose with enticing aromas of ripe blueberries, blackberry cobbler, chocolate covered strawberries, raspberries and vanilla. On the palate, dark cherry, cassis and tart plum intertwine, setting the stage for wonderful acidity and well integrated oak. Another wildly delicious vintage of Andronicus, the 2013 is lush, lively and quaffable.”

When it comes to under $30 reds from Napa I usually just avoid the category entirely. Much of it follows a Prisoner or Caymus formula with inferior fruit and perverse oak treatment. There's just too many wines that should be a third of their price... and even then I would rather overpay for a different style of wine. Kudos to the Titus brothers for producing an exceptional under $30 red blend from Napa that could easily pass for something twice the price. And props for the truth in advertising. Their own tasting note is so spot on that my only comment is 'ditto' ... "A berry basket of aromas immediately greet your nose with enticing aromas of ripe blueberries, blackberry cobbler, chocolate covered strawberries, raspberries and vanilla. On the palate, dark cherry, cassis and tart plum intertwine, setting the stage for wonderful acidity and well integrated oak. Another wildly delicious vintage of Andronicus, the 2013 is lush, lively and quaffable.”

1 person found it helpfulSep 23rd, 2017
Isaac Pirolo

I was first pitched this wine by a guy from Total Wine in Dallas. I think they were asking $30. Several months later, or today, I find it at a Costco for $16. It's the populist wine from Titus. And indeed, it's a crowd pleaser. This wine would get arrested for inciting a riot. My first thought was it beats Orin Swift at its own game. Titus Vineyards is comprised of Phillip Corallo-Titus and his brother Eric. Phillip is, most notably, the winemaker for Chappellet.

I was first pitched this wine by a guy from Total Wine in Dallas. I think they were asking $30. Several months later, or today, I find it at a Costco for $16. It's the populist wine from Titus. And indeed, it's a crowd pleaser. This wine would get arrested for inciting a riot. My first thought was it beats Orin Swift at its own game. Titus Vineyards is comprised of Phillip Corallo-Titus and his brother Eric. Phillip is, most notably, the winemaker for Chappellet.

1 person found it helpfulAug 26th, 2017
Shay A
9.0

This is the more price friendly option under the Titus family. After two days and an extremely long decant, this feels like a good drinking spot. This wine tastes heavy of petit Verdot even though it's only 15%. Mocha, plums, graphite and earthy notes on the nose and tongue. Long finish. Not bad for $26. Need to try the big boy Titus label.

This is the more price friendly option under the Titus family. After two days and an extremely long decant, this feels like a good drinking spot. This wine tastes heavy of petit Verdot even though it's only 15%. Mocha, plums, graphite and earthy notes on the nose and tongue. Long finish. Not bad for $26. Need to try the big boy Titus label.

1 person found it helpfulJan 1st, 2017
Bret Weingart

Excellent with steak

Excellent with steak

Dec 10th, 2023
Ming L
9.1

The nose of this Bordeaux blend (29% Merlot/26% Cab) offers ripe concentrated dark fruits scented by allspice, licorice, anise, and subtle fresh herbs. Full body that’s richly textured like a port, yet soft and agile. It was like trying to bite into voluminous cotton candy and it melted in your mouth. Silky tannins with long bitter sweet finish.
Terrific value.

The nose of this Bordeaux blend (29% Merlot/26% Cab) offers ripe concentrated dark fruits scented by allspice, licorice, anise, and subtle fresh herbs. Full body that’s richly textured like a port, yet soft and agile. It was like trying to bite into voluminous cotton candy and it melted in your mouth. Silky tannins with long bitter sweet finish.
Terrific value.

Oct 26th, 2021