Jordan Vineyards was only started in 1976 and this 1978 cabernet sauvignon was only their third vintage at the fledgling winery. This was the sole wine based on Sonoma County fruit in our October tasting here in New York and stood out a bit from the rest of the lineup for this reason, but there is depth and complexity here that is quite impressive. The bouquet shows a touch of the weediness of Sonoma cabernet in its constellation of black cherries, cassis, tobacco leaf, cigar ash, vanillin oak and the aforementioned gentle weediness in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and still fairly youthful in personality, with a rock solid core, moderate tannins and very good length and grip on the complex finish. In our lineup of top 1978s, the Jordan did not have quite the same elegance of the very best wines of the vintage, but there are excellent raw materials here and this wine will provide plenty of enjoyment for decades to come. (Drink between 2016-2040) 91+
Smooth, supple and polished, with spicy black cherry, tea, herb, tar and cedary notes, this has held up well and shows no signs of deteriorating. (JL)
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