“This is svelte and athletic in structure, a wine of charm rather than power...” - Decanter, Highly Recommended, April 2018
A wine with elegance, refinement and plenty of verve. Its perfume of blackberries and black cherries mingles with a backdrop of subtle oak notes. The palate has a velvety richness that coats the mouth in concentrated flavors of blackberries and cassis, laced with fine tannins from seamlessly integrated, new French oak. Enticing flavors of chocolate, violets and dark fruits linger on the long finish. Enjoy now or cellar through 2033. Decant for 45 minutes to elevate aromas and flavors.
Vineyards: More than 60 vineyard blocks from Jordan Estate and 12 family growers.
Fermentation: Lots kept separate by vineyard; 17 days extended maceration; every lot reevaluated after 10-day primary fermentation; malolactic fermentation completed over 13 days in upright oak casks before assemblage to create our “barrel blend.”
Cooperages: Barrels from five French coopers (one of which also makes American barrels) were selected based on blind tastings and vintage flavor profile; primarily medium toast.
Aging: 94% French and 6% American oak barrels for 12 months; 45% new oak consisted of 100% French.
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: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.7% Merlot, 5.8% Petit Verdot, 1.2% Malbec, 0.3% Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Alexander Valley
Regional Sources: 89% Alexander Valley, 7% Mendocino County, 4% Dry Creek Valley