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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.
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.
1989 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon
September 24-October 8, 1989
10 days for primary fermentation in stainless steel tanks, followed by five weeks in upright oak tanks for malolactic fermentation
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.
81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol: 12.8%; pH: 3.41; T.A.: 0.60 g/100mL
July 8-August 22, 1991
March 1, 1993