“Showing an elegant structure, this historic wine is well integrated in terms of tannin and soft, supportive oak.” Wine Enthusiast, 92 Points, October 2020
Aromas of black cherries wrapped in a spice box of nutmeg, clove and allspice jump from the glass. The palate is filled with flavors of black currants and plum that lead seamlessly to silky tannins and black cherry notes. Blackberry, Mission fig and black cherry notes linger on the finish. The combination of elegance and intensity make it a fitting vintage to celebrate 40 years of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon. Enjoy now after decanting for 30 minutes or cellar through 2035.
Vineyards: More than 60 vineyard blocks from Jordan Estate and 14 family growers.
Fermentation: Lots kept separate by vineyard; 17 days extended maceration; every lot reevaluated after 11-day primary fermentation; malolactic fermentation completed over 18 days in upright oak casks before assemblage to create our “barrel blend.”
Cooperages: Barrels from five French coopers were selected based on blind tastings and vintage flavor profile; primarily medium toast.
Aging: 100% French oak for 13 months; 49% new and 51% one-year-old barrels.
Selection: Post malolactic fermentation, individual lots were blind tasted and ranked, then assembled into our “barrel blend.” After one year in barrels, the “barrel blend” was reassessed and only top lots were combined for the final master blend.
Varietal Info: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec
Appellation: Alexander Valley
Regional Sources: 89% Alexander Valley, 9% Mendocino County, 2% Dry Creek Valley