A member of the storied “Class of ’72,” Jordan Estate remains one of the most recognizable and popular Cabernet Sauvignons in America, periodically dominating Wine & Spirits Magazine’s Restaurant poll.
They got to this point by focusing on consistency, balance, and refinement, sticking to their guns and standing with their original winemaker since 1976, Rob Davis. Rob learned from the best; he was a protégé of the Maestro himself, André Tchelitscheff. While Cabernet all over California got riper and oakier, Rob stayed the course, making wine from ripe fruit, not the little purple golf balls that are today the norm.
If you’re a fan of the effortlessly drinkable and smooth style that Alexander Valley has come to be known for, this Cabernet is going to please you in spades. It’s in a soft, subtle Left-Bank style, with notes of fresh herbs, blackcurrant syrup, black cherry, violet, and tobacco.
Tom Jordan first released his namesake wines in 1976 with the idea to make world-class Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons grown in the iconic Sonoma wine region. Forty years later they're still going strong with son John keeping an eye on things from vintage to vintage. The legacy winery's success has to be more than just chance as John was born the very same day that John and Sally Jordan signed the deed to their first parcel of Alexander Valley land. Ever ecologically minded, they practice sustainability in the winery, the vineyards and across their entire estate and have even dedicated three quarters of their estate to natural habitat. They continue to recognize that what is good for the land is ultimately good for the wine. Some things are meant to last and these guys are more than sustaining, they're thriving and we expect many excellent vintages for many years to come.
Showing an elegant structure, this historic wine is well integrated in terms of tannin and soft, supportive oak. Dried herb and clove mark the midpalate, adding seasoning and complex character to the currant core.WA88
Aged for 18 months in new and used French oak barrels, the 100% varietal 2016 The Long Fuse Cabernet Sauvignon begins with softer Cabernet notes on the nose—blackberries, dusty plum, worn leather and purple flowers dusted with dried herbs. Moving on to the palate, the medium-bodied wine becomes softer and shy, with an elegant expression and a softer structure for a Cabernet. The wine ends with soft tannins on the finish, fading faster than anticipated. 14,000 bottles were filled.