June 21, 2018 | by Lisa Mattson
Many years ago, Mrs. Jordan shared the story of her “a-ha moment” with a bottle of Napa Valley cabernet that inspired her and Tom Jordan to plant a vineyard and found Jordan Winery. The wine was a 1966 Beaulieu Vineyard Private Reserve Georges De Latour Cabernet Sauvignon. They quickly sought out André Tchelistcheff, the BV winemaker, and convinced him to help them realize their winemaking dream in neighboring Sonoma County. (There’s a great background story on the BV Private Reserve Cabernet in Decanter.)
Though we don’t have any bottles of the 1966 in our cellar, we do have a few prized bottles of the 1968 vintage, so in honor of the 50th anniversary of this legendary Napa Valley red wine, we decided to open a bottle in this episode of our monthly YouTube series, Jordan Uncorked. The wine surprised them in more ways than one.