When to Drink tasting note videos: Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon vintages 1999-2007

1981 Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with wine glass and decanter

Our annual When to Drink video series debuts this month, created to help those with Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon in their cellars learn how those wines are currently tasting and optimal drinking windows. These videos are also featured in our online store for Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon vintages 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007, so consumers get a better idea of each wine’s flavors before making a purchase. Our 2007 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon When to Drink video is featured above, and the other eight vintages are included below. Before you click play, I do want to share a few thoughts on the cellaring of Jordan wines.

Every bottle of Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon carries with it a distinctive story of place and time. Each year, Rob Davis and his winemaking team craft a wine that best delivers this romantic tale. The wine inside is a true expression of the grape variety, the soils the vines are rooted in, the climatic conditions of the growing season, each decision made in the vineyards and winery, and of the many contributions of every individual involved throughout the process. While each vintage production story will remain unchanged in our history books, a new story begins when that bottle finds its way into your hands, and whether that wine is to be enjoyed immediately or to be celebrated after years of cellaring is completely up to the author of that story: you.

We do realize that preferences vary in regards to the characteristics of wines from young to mature. The question, “When should I open my bottle of Jordan Cabernet?” is one that many would like to have answered for them, as it is difficult to predict each vintages optimum cellaring time and drinking age. While taste preferences vary based on individual palates, we can help you make decisions on when to uncork older wines by providing a little background on each wine’s growing season and how it influenced its taste profile, the wine’s current color, aromas and flavors and a recommended aging timeline for optimal drinking based on our personal preferences.

Any wine worthy of aging requires balanced components of acidity, tannin structure and fruit expression. To quote André Tchelistcheff, the legendary winemaker who guided the Jordan’s original vision from vine to bottle, “Only wines of balance age.” An interesting thing about these balanced wines capable of cellaring, like the Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon, is that they are absolutely fabulous in their youth as well for exactly the same reason. With balance comes harmony, and with harmony comes elegance and finesse, regardless of age.

If you have any of these vintages in your cellar, grab a corkscrew and let us know if you agree with our tasting comments and drinking recommendations.

2006 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

2005 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

2004 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

2003 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

2002 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

2001 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

2000 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

1999 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon



How well would a 1991 have held up? We have a bottle and aren’t certain what to do with it. Open it with guests or drink it on the sly, because maybe it’s bad? It has been cellared properly.

Lisa Mattson

Hello Tomme,
We haven’t tasted the 1991 in a few years, but it was certainly continuing to age nicely. I would encourage you to enjoy it soon, and it shouldn’t disappoint guests – as long as they appreciate older reds.

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Lisa Mattson

Videographer, photographer, writer and publicist. Find me on weekends trying to capture footage of the elusive Jordan Estate jack rabbits and turkeys.

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