Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted with artistic and stylistic techniques to ensure graceful aging in bottle. Vintage after vintage, no formulas are employed in winemaking.
Every year, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec grapes are blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to harness its natural tannins. This blend achieves a style that showcases each vintage’s individuality while delivering the fruit complexity, silky elegance and finesse that Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon has come to be consistently known for.
While many wineries blend lots just before bottling, Jordan blends components before barreling to enhance the wine’s elegant structure. This blend marries in towering oak tanks (constructed onsite in 1976), allowing the wine to breathe and develop a deeper complexity as the components harmonize. This approach to élevage helps the wine to achieve even greater balance before a year of aging in small oak barrels.
Primarily French oak barrels, complemented by two French-American cooperages, are employed for about one year before the master blend is bottled. While more expensive and subtly nuanced in flavor, these French barrels best complement the natural grape tannin found in our collection of cru vineyards.
To protect each bottle’s longevity, Jordan purchases only the top 0.3 percent quality level of wine corks from Portugal. Testing is so rigorous that typically only 20 percent of the original selection purchased earns its way into a Jordan bottle. A new, state-of-the-art bottling line with myriad qualitative benefits preserves and protects for optimal ageability.
Vintages are held in a temperature- and humidity-controlled environment for two years before release to customers. While this is a longer holding period than most wineries, it is the optimal amount of time to allow a young classic California Cabernet like Jordan to truly acclimate to the bottle.