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1978 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

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Our first estate vintage, 1978 Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon offers a taste of history and the charms of an old, classic Bordeaux style wine.

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After a cold, wet spring, warm weather prevailed during bloom, fruit set and throughout the summer. Despite two previous years of drought, the crop in Alexander Valley was bountiful and of exceptionally high quality.

Tasting Notes

Even though 1978 was a classic year, 42 years is a long time for red wine to live. As expected, the 1978 Jordan is beyond peak maturity. The wine displays shy notes of spice, cigar box and cedar with hints of cherry, black tea leaves and dried dill. The 750mL and 1.5L are past prime, but if you have a 3L or 6L, drink now. The 6L displays great structure with a nicely balanced palate.

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Last Tasted: January 27, 2020


1978 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

Harvest Dates

September 27-October 17, 1978


Jordan Estate


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


12 months in 58% French and 42% American oak barrels with additional aging in upright oak tanks before nearly two years of aging in bottle

Varietal Info

93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot


Alexander Valley

Final Analysis

Alcohol: 12.8%; pH: 3.5; T.A.: 0.60 g/100mL

Bottling Dates

June 23-August 31, 1980

Release Date

March 1, 1982

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