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2008 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, 750mL
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Elegant aromas of black cherries, cassis and vanilla open to a soft, silky mouthfeel with flavors of rich red plum and baked blackberry. Subtle hints of nutmeg and allspice draw from well-integrated oak aging, balanced by silky fruit tannins. Enjoy now or cellar the 750mL through 2023,1.5L bottles by 2030, 3L bottles by 2038 and 6L bottles by 2048.
Vineyards: Roughly 60 vineyard blocks from Jordan Estate and a dozen family growers.
Fermentation: Lots kept separate by vineyard; 20 days extended maceration; every lot reevaluated after primary fermentation; malolactic fermentation completed in upright oak casks before assemblage to create our “barrel blend.”
Cooperages: Six French and three American barrel coopers selected based on blind tastings and 2008 vintage flavor profile; primarily medium toast.
Aging: 76% French and 24% American oak barrels for 12 months; 31% new oak consisted of 60% French, 40% American.
Selection: Post malolactic fermentation, individual lots were blind tasted, ranked and underperformers sold to the bulk market. After one year in barrels, an additional 10% of the Cabernet Sauvignon lots were declassified and sold to further elevate quality of the final master blend.
Varietal Info: 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
Appellation: Alexander Valley
Regional Sources: 90% Alexander Valley, 7% Mendocino County, 3% Dry Creek Valley