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1979 Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #900225 92 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark ...this was a very good source for classic Sonoma cabernet, as this recent bottle of 1979 so amply demonstrated. The bouquet is deep, complex and nicely mature, wafting from the glass in a mix of dark berries, bell pepper, dark soil tones, cigar ash and plenty of Sonoma herbs in the upper register. On the palate the wine is fullish, elegant and very complex, with a good core, superb focus and balance, melted tannins and a very long, suave finish. This is classic Sonoma cabernet, which will always be a bit more herbal in profile than its Napa Valley counterparts, but for those with no tolerance issues with pyrazines, there is an awful lot to like in this stylish and complex wine. (Drink between 2013-2030) Inner quote mark (1/2014)

K&L Notes

Four Stars Michael Broadbent: "First [tasted] in cask: high-toned, 'whole fruit' character as if macerated. Showing well in 1985, tannic, bell-pepper flavour. Next, a magnum in Houston in 1992: still very deep, black cherry colour; excellent fruit, perfect balance, fleshy, lovely." (1993) From the winery: "Three decades later... has a lovely aged Bordeaux quality (leather, cherry, herbal tea, plums), and a still-lively palate with soft, silky tannins."

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