Tallowing the doors of our oak casks

by on January 10, 2010

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Each December before barrel aging begins, we create the barrel blend for our latest vintage of Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. We only blend two Bordeaux varieties with our Cabernet Sauvignon—Merlot and Petit Verdot—the latter of which has been increasing its presence in our final blend, thanks to its amazing blueberry fruit, vibrant color, and soft, round tannins.

Our cellar team still practices the old-world tradition of tallowing (though today we use wax) the doors of our oak casks to properly seal them. The 2009 Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon will reside for three months in our 6,000-gallon oak casks (originally constructed in 1976), before moving to French (two-thirds) and American (one-third) oak barrels for an additional 12 months of aging.