Aromas of blackberry, cassis and cedar mingle with hints dark chocolate and tobacco to seduce and intrigue. The palate is inviting and silky, with a vivid core of blackberry flavor, balanced by a backbone of acidity and a smooth tannin structure. This Bordeaux-style wine has a very long, juicy, cherry-laced finish that speaks to its youthfulness. Enjoyable now or the 750mL cellarworthy through 2026, 1.5L bottles through 2035 and 3L bottles through 2040. No decanting necessary for 750mL bottles.
Vineyards: Roughly 60 vineyard blocks from both the Jordan Estate and more than a dozen family growers.
Fermentation: Lots kept separate by vineyard; 21 days extended maceration; every lot reevaluated after primary fermentation; malolactic fermentation completed in upright oak casks for 24 days.
Cooperages: Seven French and two American barrel coopers selected based on blind tastings and 2010 vintage flavor profile; primarily
Aging: 12 months in 74% French and 26% American oak barrels; 39% new oak (67% French, 33% American). Bottle aged an additional 21 months prior to release.
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.