Monday was one of those days…not a bad day, but just one of those days where I wish I had just played hooky. A big snowstorm was predicted for Sunday night/Monday morning, and while I tried not to psych myself up for a snow day, I couldn’t help myself. So, when I woke up and discovered that I still had to go to work, albeit several hours late, I was crushed. Hubby decided that he was calling out, but I just couldn’t justify it, especially since it stopped snowing by the time I had to leave.
By the time I got home from work, you can imagine that I just wanted to make dinner, relax…and of course, open a new bottle of wine. I decided that I was in the mood for a warm, red wine to help counteract the cold, snowy weather, so I grabbed a bottle of that was given to me as a present—a 2003 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon.
Let me start by saying that it was wonderful! Since the wine was a little older, I specifically looked for the orange hue around the top rim of the wine that I was reading about in my wine class textbook and was very excited when I saw it. I made Hubby come over to look as I put my new tasting skills to the test, and he was surprised that he, too, saw the tint that gave this wine its deep ruby/almost-garnet color.
The wine had a nice, medium nose that centered around raisins, vanilla, and anise (my new found herb!). The anise, in particular, really stood out, and when I whiffed from my bottle of anise seed, cleared my nose, and then compared it to the smell of the wine, I was amazed at the similarity.
In terms of taste, the Jordan Cab had a nice, smoky flavor with medium acidity and high tannins. The raisin smell seemed to turn into an overall dark fruit flavor and the anise turned into a sweet spice taste, which were transitions I found very pleasing. The hint of vanilla that I smelled came through in the taste, but it was definitely just a hint.
After thoroughly enjoying the glass, I decided to compare my tasting notes with those done by other people (I figured this is the best way to learn, right?). I was surprised that I didn’t find too much information out there, since I really like the wine. That’s when I discovered that it ranges from about $50-$70! I was in shock—shocked that my friend gave me a bottle that was that expensive for no apparent reason, shocked that I cavalierly opened a $50-$70 bottle of wine on a random Monday night (and drank it with hot dogs and tater tots!), and shocked that I’d just opened the most expensive bottle of wine that I’ve ever owned. Needless to say, I’ve spent the rest of the week savoring it.
Overall, I would say the 2003 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon was definitely a wine worth drinking, even at the higher price-point, although it’s not a wine that I would purposefully open on a regular weekday night.