Aug
20
2008

Jordan Vineyard & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2004, 86 points

2004 Jordan Vineyard & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

(USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley)

This 2004 Jordan Cabernet was a little underwhelming for me. I expected more depth from a California Cabernet. It might be that Jordan wanted this to be a thin wine. I felt this wine was average. The color was a weak purple and was more like a petite syrah. The nose was mild on the fruit and had some strong cedar and tobacco. The nose was somewhat smooth and velvety although the tannins were peaking out a little strong. The flavors were also mild with cherry, tobacco and some cola. Wish I could say more on this wine but I would pass on the 2004 now. I will have to try some other vintages.

From Jordan’s site:

THE WINE
The 2004 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon captures the essence of the vintage. After the initial fermentation of 16 days, the wine spent four weeks in large oak upright tanks for malolactic fermentation. It was then aged in 62% French and 38% American small oak barrels for 12 months. After a final three months of aging in our oak upright tanks, it was bottled and held for another 18 months prior to its release.

The fruit from our estate hillside vineyards adds concentration and complexity to our Cabernet Sauvignon. A combination of Merlot (18%), Cabernet Franc (2%), Petit Verdot (4%), and Cabernet Sauvignon (76%) creates well-integrated flavors, deep color, and balance. The bouquet offers distinct notes of cassis, black cherry, and cocoa. The aromatic qualities of the Petit Verdot marry well with the soft, alluring flavors of Merlot and compliment the masculine tannins of the Cabernet Sauvignon.

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