1980 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

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The fine tannins, firm acidity and rich cherry fruit characters found in 1980 Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon have made this one of our longest-lived vintages.

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The 1980 vintage was a long and cool growing season. Grapes were harvested in late September and early October, allowing for extended hang time and therefore incredibly intense flavors. The intensity of this vintage is also marked by the huge tannins. The soft silky tannins of the Merlot fruit were essential in finding a harmonious balance in this vintage.

Tasting Notes

Our 1980 vintage flaunts rich color and texture for its age. Bigger and fresher fruit flavors than the 1976 vintage with a lovely backbone of good acidity, which has kept this beautifully soft wine alive for more than 30 years. It’s an intriguing, quiet-spoken wine with subdued aromas of tea leaves and elegant flavors of bright, red fruit and dried herbs. The 750mL-format bottles should be enjoyed now. Magnums are at their peak, and the 3L and 6L formats are ready to open and will certainly appeal to those who enjoy aged wines.

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Last Tasted: October 21, 2016


1980 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

Harvest Dates

September 27–October 11, 1980


Jordan Estate


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


Aged in 57% French and 43% American small oak barrels for 12 months and in large oak cooperage for an additional six months. Bottled and aged for an additional 18 months at the winery before release.

Varietal Info

88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot


Alexander Valley

Final Analysis

Alcohol: 12.8%; T.A.: 0.61 g/mL; pH: 3.30; R.S.: 0.03%

Bottling Dates

June 16-August 2, 1982

Release Date

March 1, 1984

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