1981 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

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Our 1981 Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon captured the intensity of a short, very warm harvest season in wine country.

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The early harvest due to a heatwave had critics questioning the quality of 1981 early on, but finished Cabernet Sauvignons revealed pure varietal fruit character, supple textures and surprising balance.

Tasting Notes

From the appearance to the finish, this expression of Jordan Estate Alexander Valley fruit clearly displays characteristics of a slowly and carefully aged wine. The 1981 now shows aromatics of dried black cherry, plums and raisins accompanied by savory notes of dried herbs, olive and tobacco. The 750mL is slightly shy on the mid-palate and finish at this point in its life. Refusing to give up its youth, 1981 large-format bottles are pensive, persistent and can be appreciated by all wine lovers. Decant off of sediment and enjoy now.

Last Tasted: October 2, 2013


1981 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

Harvest Dates

August 28-October 17, 1981


Jordan Estate


Eight days of primary fermentation in stainless steel tanks, followed by four weeks in large oak tanks for malolactic fermentation


12 months in 54% French and 46% American oak barrels with additional aging in upright oak tanks before nearly two years of bottle age

Varietal Info

88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot


Alexander Valley

Final Analysis

Alcohol: 12.8%; pH: 3.4; T.A.: 0.78 g/100mL

Bottling Dates

June-August 1983

Release Date

March 1, 1985