Tasting Notes - Pure elegance in a glass. Aromas of black cherries, pomegranate, dried cranberries and a hint of graphite channel classic Bordeaux. Its lovely, silky texture coats the palate with layers of black cherries and a touch of cedar from French oak’s fine tannins. From beginning to end, the balance carries all the way through. Enjoy now after decanting for 60 minutes or cellar through 2029-2034.
Harvest Dates: September 3–28, 2015
Vineyards: More than 60 vineyard blocks from Jordan Estate and 13 family growers.
Fermentation: Lots kept separate by vineyard; 19 days extended maceration; every lot reevaluated after 12-day primary fermentation; malolactic fermentation completed over 16 days in upright oak casks before assemblage to create our “barrel blend.”
Cooperages: Barrels from six French coopers were selected based on blind tastings and vintage flavor profile; primarily medium toast.
Aging: 100% French oak for 13 months; 47% new and 53% one-year-old barrels.
Selection: Post malolactic fermentation, individual lots were blind tasted and ranked, then assembled into our “barrel blend.” After one year in barrels, the “barrel blend” was reassessed and only top lots were combined for the final master blend.
Varietal Info: 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot; 2% Malbec
Appellation: Alexander Valley
Regional Sources: 85% Alexander Valley, 13% Mendocino County, 2% Dry Creek Valley
Final Analysis: Alcohol: 13.8%; T.A.: 0.64 g/100mL; pH: 3.47; R.S.: 0.03%
Bottling Dates: June 20–July 19, 2017 Egg-white fined and filtered before bottling
Release Date: May 1, 2019