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1985 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

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The gorgeous weather in Alexander Valley in 1985 produced ripe, rich and fleshy Cabernet Sauvignons with superb balance.

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Alexander Valley and all of Northern California had a nice, even growing season in 1985 with tremendous balance in the vineyards and tremendous balance in the grapes.

Tasting Notes

Though still a beauty on many levels, the 1985 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon is finally showing its age. Bottles stored under best conditions show mature flavors of dried red fruit, leather and earth with some hints of caramel. Though the 750mL is past its peak, magnums, 3L and 6L formats should be uncorked now.

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Last Tasted: March 1, 2010


1985 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

Harvest Dates

September 17-October 9, 1985


Jordan Estate


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


12 months in 60% French and 40% 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: 3.41; T.A.: 0.62 g/100mL

Bottling Dates

June 16-July 22, 1987

Release Date

March 1, 1989

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