2016 Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

¥11,550 (incl. tax)

With more sun and less fog than other parts of Sonoma County, the Alexander Valley is a great location for late-ripening Bordeaux varieties. But because the Alexander Valley is cooler than the Napa Valley, the red wines are somewhat brighter, more elegant and structured than their Napa Valley cousins. Exemplifying this style are the age-worthy Jordan Cabernets. The grapes are sourced exclusively from benchland and hillside vineyards, a total of 60 blocks owned by the estate and 13 grower families. In the winery, blending the lots into the final blend is painstaking, and aging features 100% French oak. The 2016 is a historic wine as it marks 40 years since Jordan Winery’s first vintage! About this wine, the winemaker, Maggie Kruse, said, “The dark fruit flavors, silky palate and structure make it a lovely wine for food pairing. This wine’s elegance, acidity and spice notes complement grilled or roasted dishes, such as herb-crusted lamb, roasted chicken or grilled pork loin. The wine’s earthiness even complements vegetarian dishes, such as mushroom risotto, ratatouille or roasted root vegetables.” 

Winery


Winery Description

Jordan Vineyards and Winery has been producing fine Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay in the Alexander Valley for over 40 years. Proud of its role in helping to establish the reputation of Sonoma County wine, the winery also sees itself as carrying on winemaking traditions that have been practiced in France for centuries.

In the early 1970s, Tom Jordan dreamed of creating an American equivalent of a French Grand Cru. On orchard land in the Alexander Valley, he planted vineyards and built a chateau-inspired winery and tasting room. He hired a young winemaker named Rob Davis and enlisted the famed enologist Andre Tchelistscheff to consult on winemaking. Production focused exclusively on estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.  While not an uncommon story these days, such ambition was rare in the 1970s, when Sonoma County grapes were used more in jug wines than by premium wineries. However, almost overnight Jordan set a new standard for Sonoma wine. Inspired by the wines of St. Julien in Bordeaux and Meursault in Burgundy, Jordan pursued “new” (for California) practices such as including the classic Bordeaux varietals of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec with the Cabernet. In the winery, Jordan followed an empirical approach toward barrel aging, continually testing new sources of oak, and aged the wines in bottle before release. With such attention to detail, the estate Cabs earned a reputation for complexity of aroma and bouquet and full-bodied elegance, for their balance between fruit, silky tannins and a lingering finish. Both the Cabernets and Chardonnays have always enjoyed high demand and have been perennial favorites of restaurants. 

Today the reputation of Jordan wines continues to grow as the winery improves upon its experience of the past 40 years. The current CEO, John Jordan, Tom’s son, has begun to incorporate some of the newer trends in vineyard management and winemaking. Much of the estate has been replanted, with the Cabernet vineyards relocated from the valley floor to the rolling hills and benchlands that offer better drainage and more varied soils. The new plantings also include greater clonal variation. Even so, Jordan no longer relies entirely on the estate vineyards but also purchases grapes from trusted growers to give the winemaker the best quality and broadest palate of flavors to draw on. Indeed, the Chardonnay is now sourced entirely from the Russian River Valley, which is much cooler and more advantageous for that grape. On the other hand, Jordan has remained opposed to one particular trend; that is, the trend toward higher levels of alcohol and heavier, more syrupy wines. After almost 40 years of making Jordan wines, Rob Davis continues to believe the mission is to achieve balance between fruit, acidity, tannin, and alcohol in order to ensure the wines have finesse, elegance and, importantly, continuity from vintage to vintage.

About this Wine


Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Alexander Valley (Sonoma)
Winery Jordan
Vintage 2016
Color Red
Varietal(s) 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 7.5 x 30.0
Case Size 32.0 x 24.0 x 31.0
Alcohol 13.8%
Product Code JO16CB
UPC 084444100168

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

92 points – Wine Enthusiast. 

Aromas of black cherries, plums, cassis, with savory notes of lead pencil, leather and tobacco lead toward a silky palate that’s nicely structured with fresh acidity and fine tannins. Pure notes of blackberry and fig linger with notes of anise, clove, earth, tobacco and sweet vanilla. 

Production


Vinification

Handpicked grapes from 60 vineyard lots are fermented separately and only the best are blended into a “barrel blend” after malolactic fermentation is complete. The wine is aged for 13 months in 45% new French oak and 51% one-year old barrels. 

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