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1987 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

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One of Tom Jordan’s favorite vintages, the 1987 Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon marked our first use of Cabernet Franc in the master blend.

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The early harvest of 1987 yielded a small crop; best wines displayed a mix of ripe flavors with fine structure of tannins. Adding just a touch of the Cabernet Franc grape to this wine helped brighten the fruit in the nose.

Tasting Notes

After two decades of cellaring, the 1987 Jordan shows hints of dried plums, bell pepper, slight stewed tomato, cedar and soft tannins. Shy notes of red fruit and currant fade quickly on the palate. The 750mL is past its prime. For larger formats, drink now.

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Last Tasted: December 2, 2011


1987 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

Harvest Dates

August 31-September 25, 1987


Jordan Estate


Six days of extended skin contact and 10 days for primary fermentation in stainless steel tanks, followed by two weeks in upright oak tanks for malolactic fermentation


Aged 12 months in 70% French and 30% American oak barrels with additional aging in upright oak tanks before nearly two years of bottle age

Varietal Info

88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc


Alexander Valley

Final Analysis

Alcohol: 12.8%; pH: 3.53; T.A.: 0.63 g/100mL

Bottling Dates

June 29-August 3, 1989

Release Date

March 1, 1991

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