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1977 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

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Our second vintage produced, 1977 Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon yielded a concentrated, structured wine due to the historic drought conditions.

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The 1977 vintage was the second consecutive year of drought in California. The vines in 1977 responded differently to the lack of water than with the previous vintage. The color and tannins were much deeper, and the cherry fruit more concentrated. This imposed a more robust, heartier style than in 1976.

Tasting Notes

With considerably less Merlot in the blend, the 1977 Jordan was a much broader, more muscular Cabernet Sauvignon that grew refined with cellaring. This wine has since traded its primary fruit character for mature complexity. The nose is rich with dried cherry and prune, and is supported by sweet tobacco, tea-leaf and toffee. The palate retains both a lively acidity and sturdy tannins with a delicate but surprisingly full body structure. The wine has certainly matured, yet remains completely balanced from the entry through the finish. It is soft with a perceived sweetness and carries itself in an elegant feminine manner. Though 3L or 6L bottles are still sure to please, the 750mL bottles are past their prime.

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Last Tasted: June 1, 2009


1977 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

Harvest Dates

October 4–November 10, 1977


Jordan Estate and family growers


Fermented eight days in stainless steel to complete yeast fermentation, followed by four weeks in large oak tanks for malolactic fermentation


Aged in 58% French and 42% American small oak barrels for 14 months. Bottled and aged for an additional 18 months at the winery before release.

Varietal Info

95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot


Alexander Valley

Final Analysis

Alcohol: 12.8%; pH: 3.5; T.A.: 0.62 g/100mL

Bottling Dates

July 30-August 30, 1979

Release Date

March 1, 1981

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