1998 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

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Hailing from a vintage where Mother Nature required us to make sacrifices to preserve quality, 1998 Jordan Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon displays elegance, finesse and harmony.

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Due to a spring that was long, cool and wet, yields were smaller than usual in Alexander Valley in 1998. After keeping only those clusters that had been pollinated early in the spring, grapes were harvested from only those vines that were similar in maturity with balanced fruit. Quality requires sacrifice. Some years are more challenging than others, but the 1998 proved to us that all the hard work was worth it.

Tasting Notes

This is a multi-dimensional, mature Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon. Classy, restrained and elegant with aromas and flavors of pure red raspberry and cassis underlain by an elegant acid backbone and dried cherry fruit. Slight notes of tobacco and spice and a subtle framework of oak and vanilla finish this delicious wine. The 750mL is at peak, while the 1.5L will peak in 2015. The 3L and 6L will continue to mature through 2030 and well beyond.

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Last Tasted: May 18, 2013

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

1998 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

Harvest Dates

October 7–23, 1998

Vineyards

Select family growers

Fermentation

One week of extended skin contact and 11 days for primary yeast fermentation in stainless steel tanks, followed by nearly four weeks in large oak tanks for malolactic fermentation

Cooperages

A combination of top French and American oak coopers

Aging

Aged in 67% French and 33% American small oak barrels for 12 months and in large oak tanks for an additional three months. Bottled and aged for an additional 17 months at the winery before release.

Varietal Info

75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot

Appellation

Sonoma County

Final Analysis

Alcohol: 12.8%; T.A.: 0.60 g/100mL; pH: 3.52; R.S.: 0.03%

Bottling Dates

June 6–July 20, 2000

Release Date

January 1, 2002

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