OVERVIEW & ENJOYMENT cabernet sauvignon

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Modeled after a First Growth Bordeaux, Jordan has continued to pursue ever higher greatness with its Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon over four decades while staying committed to our elegant, food-friendly style of wine.

Every vintage of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted with a focus on striking a perfect balance between beautiful fruit, silky tannins and a lingering finish. It is this delicate balance—all done by taste—that allows for the gradual, graceful evolution of Jordan's Cabernet Sauvignon in bottle. Renowned for our consistency of quality vintage after vintage, Jordan has remained one of the most popular wines on the best U.S. restaurant wine lists for decades.

The diversity of our collection of crus—estate vineyard blocks that have more clay-rich soils like the Right Bank of Bordeaux and family grower parcels on mid-slope, well-drained Sonoma County vineyards with mineral-rich, gravelly soils reminiscent of Bordeaux's Left Bank—gives our new world Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon a complexity found only in the top first growths of the world.


A well-crafted wine continues to develop over time. Its personality evolves in a way that leads to increased aromatic complexity and texture. When stored properly, Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon can be enjoyed for decades.

Select a cellarworthy wine

The success of a red wine's ageability relies on two key factors: tannin and acid. Tannins are those astringent compounds derived from both the grape and the oak barrel in which the wine is aged. Over time, these compounds soften, allowing different aromas and flavors to emerge. Acid in the wine acts as a natural preservative and refers to the natural citric acid level evident in the grapes at the time of harvest. Our winemaking team works diligently to pick Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux grapes from Sonoma County vineyards at just the right time in order to achieve an acid balance that will create a wine built to endure.

Consider cellaring timeframe

How long will Cabernet age? It depends greatly on the style and quality of the wine. Top Cabernet Sauvignons aged in fine oak and crafted with balance can be cellared for several years, and enjoy the lasting aromatic and flavor influences of bottle age. Though many serious collectors enjoy filling their cellars with wines built to last, most Napa and Sonoma Cabernets are consumed within the 1-5 years of their release. If you plan on aging your red wine, be sure to take into consideration that different styles of red wine enjoy different aging potential. For example, a bottle of Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon will rest comfortably and age beautifully for a minimum of 7-10 years, while many Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs might enjoy peak drinkability sooner at about 3-5 years.

Find the right environment

To start your wine cellar, designate a cool, not-too-damp, not-too-dry area in your home that is out of direct sunlight and stocked with simple wine shelves. When considering how to store Cabernet Sauvignon, avoid places like the kitchen, laundry room or boiler room, where hot temperatures and excessive vibration could negatively affect both red and white wines. Most importantly, find a place where the overall temperature is least likely to fluctuate—the key to successful wine storage is an environment wherein the wine can rest quietly and undisturbed at an even, cool temperature. The best locations are usually under a bed, on the floor in a coat closet or in a temperature-controlled basement. The ideal environment for storing your prized Cabernet Sauvignon and other red wines maintains a consistent humidity and has a temperature of 45-65 degrees (55 degrees is optimal). Purchasing a wine cooler with temperature and humidity controls helps to achieve the best wine storage conditions for cellaring your entire collection.

Lay down your bottles

The way in which wine bottles are stored is vital to their longevity. Storing Cabernet Sauvignon bottles on their sides will ensure the wine rests against its cork. This practice creates a liquid barrier between the wine and the cork and helps to prevent the cork from drying out. Cellaring wine in a location with a consistent humidity of 50-80 percent will also help to keep the corks inside resting bottles from becoming too dry.

Size matters

The size of a wine bottle affects the Cabernet Sauvignon aging process and thus the cellaring potential. Magnums and other large-format bottles enjoy an increased volume of wine resting in its glass vessel. This offers more stability from outside forces, such as heat and light, causing the evolution of flavors that take place during aging to be slowed down.

When to Drink

At Jordan, we believe that the right moment for when to drink Cabernet Sauvignon, or any bottle of wine, is guided by two factors: individual preference and the range of expressions that fine red wines take on throughout the aging process.

Each vintage of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted in a balanced house style to create a wine with restraint, finesse and the ability to age gracefully. These aging characteristics range from the bold, ripe fruit flavors of black cherry and blackberry in younger vintages of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon to the subtle aromas of dried cranberry, black tea and leather found in bottles opened more than seven years after their vintage date.

Though our Winemaker Rob Davis prefers to enjoy Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 7-10 years after the vintage date, every year we receive rave reviews from customers still enjoying bottles from our earliest vintages of the 1970s and 1980s. As a general rule, Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon large-format bottles are best 12-20 years after release.

For an inside look at some of our older vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon, watch our When to Drink video series.


Wine service is an art which can be achieved through a series of basic steps and diligent practice. The keys to success are to consider the occasion for the wines being served, the menu, the location and the guest list. With the help of a few professional tips and tricks for how to serve Cabernet, you and your guests will enjoy your Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon to the fullest.

How much wine do you need?

As a general rule, one 750mL bottle of wine will yield five, 5-ounce glasses of wine. Depending on your occasion and if you are planning to serve other beverages along with wine, you will likely need one bottle per hour for every two guests. Add theatre to your red wine service by pouring from large-format bottles.

Serve at the right temperature

Achieving the proper Cabernet serving temperature ensures the best possible aromatics in the wine glass without compromising the flavors. The best temperature for serving Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon is 60-65 degrees.

Opening a wine bottle

Start with a simple waiter's corkscrew. Cut the foil below the lip of the wine bottle and remove. Position the tip of the corkscrew just off center and insert, rotating straight into the cork. Continue to twist the screw into the cork until only one curl remains visible. Catch the lip of the bottle with the lever arm of the corkscrew and slowly remove the cork. When opening a bottle more than 10 years of age, we suggest using a twin-prong wine opener to minimize the chance of breaking or crumbling the aged cork.

The benefits of decanting

Decanting has benefits for both younger and older wines. By exposing the wine to oxygen in a crystal decanter, it breathes and accelerates the wine's aromas and flavors. For Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon, we recommend a traditional Bordeaux-style decanter with a large open base and narrow, fluted spout. This shape will allow the wine to achieve ideal flavor and aroma characteristics and is easiest to clean and maintain. Aerators can also be used with a decanter to expose young red wines to more air before serving. When decanting older Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon vintages, using a wine funnel will keep any natural sediment from entering wine glasses.

Choosing the right stemware

Fine crystal wine glasses are recommended to enhance the tasting experience. In general, look for clear crystal with thin-rimmed, large bowls that hold 10-18 ounces, taper slightly at the top and balance well in the hand. The clearer the glass, the richer the wine's color appears. The thinner the rim, the less the glass distracts from the wine as you sip. The larger the bowl, the better the wine's aromas and flavors will be able to aerate and express themselves. An ideal serving is half the size of the wine glass, about 5 ounces. Filling the glass just below the widest section allows the wine to breathe, further accentuating its aromas and flavors. Bordeaux glasses are designed for full-bodied red wines, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The tulip shape helps concentrate the aromas, bring more oxygen to mature red wines and directs the wine to the back of your palate where full flavors are best perceived.

Storing opened wine

An open bottle of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon can be stored upright in a cabinet away from heat or light for two days without a negative effect on its taste. (Wine preservers can also help to extend the life of a wine bottle after opening). Prior to serving again, you may wish to place the bottle in the refrigerator to gradually lower to its optimal temperature of 60-65 degrees. Generally, a bottle of wine will cool 4 degrees every 10 minutes.