1984 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

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A rare vintage combining a copious crop and high quality, 1984 Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was always one of Tom Jordan’s early favorites for its remarkable structure.

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Moderate weather and a large crop made 1984 a "too good to be true" scenario for winemakers and growers. Harvest came early due to heat spells, and the resulting wines were very concentrated with high tannins. We used a higher proportion of French oak to build the structure and less American oak to avoid diminishing the fruit aroma.

Tasting Notes

Our last tasting of the 1984 revealed shy notes of earth, leather and spice with a touch of strawberry. Tannins were almost gone with a little acid remains; still in balance with a juicy tang in the finish. Very Bordeaux like. The 750mL is well past its peak. For larger formats, drink now.

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Last Tasted: March 1, 2010


1984 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

Harvest Dates

September 5-17, 1984


Jordan Estate


Four days of extended skin contact and eight days for primary fermentation in stainless steel tanks, followed by two weeks in upright oak tanks for malolactic fermentation


A combination of top French and American oak coopers


11.5 months in 64% French and 36% 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: 3.60; T.A.: 0.65 g/100mL

Bottling Dates

June 2-July 8, 1986

Release Date

March 1, 1988

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