With 12.8% alcohol and costing about $19 back then, the 1982 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon from the Alexander Valley in Sonoma Valley, scored 18+ points on the Dionysian scale of a possible 20.
At 38 years old, Jordan proved that California used to make ageable French-style wines. Cassis, smoky oak, and hints of black cherry still linger. After decanting, the wine was silky soft and the flavors had a long aftertaste. It was worth the wait.
We used the wine to marry with filet mignon and the meat and the wine enhanced each other.
I’ll add newer Cabernets to my cellar if I can find examples under 14% alcohol. In Vino Veritas.