1989 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

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A challenging vintage, 1989 required creativity to fight bad weather and craft a quality, long-lived Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

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The 1989 harvest was very rainy with constant cloud cover throughout Sonoma County. We hired a helicopter to fly over our vineyards and "blow dry" the vines to save the fruit.

Tasting Notes

Two decades later, this wine shows earthy notes on the nose with a nice aged Bordeaux character, and still-lively French oak. While the palate is soft and silky, with mouthwatering acidity, the fruit has faded. The 750mL is past its prime. For larger formats, drink now.

Last Tasted: June 2, 2009

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

1989 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

Harvest Dates

September 24-October 8, 1989

Vineyards

Jordan Estate

Fermentation

10 days for primary fermentation in stainless steel tanks, followed by five weeks in upright oak tanks for malolactic fermentation

Aging

Aged 12 months in 65% French and 35% American oak barrels with additional aging in upright oak tanks before bottling. Nearly two years of aging in bottle before release.

Varietal Info

81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc

Appellation

Alexander Valley

Final Analysis

Alcohol: 12.8%; pH: 3.41; T.A.: 0.60 g/100mL

Bottling Dates

July 8-August 22, 1991

Release Date

March 1, 1993