To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon in 2016, the winery produced 18-liter Melchiors for the first time, filled with the legendary 2012 vintage.

This special offer has become a yearly tradition, and in 2020, the Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon Melchior debuts, a historic vintage aged entirely in French oak.

The Story

Many names of large-format wine bottles are named after biblical figures, such as Balthazar, Methuselah, Salmanazar and Melchior. One of the Three Wise Men, Melchior visited the infant Jesus after he was born. Bottles of this size are quite rare. 

Filled, etched, numbered and painted by hand, only eight of these 18-liter bottles were produced for sale this year, designed to delight your guests with an impressive display that cannot be missed. 

The Wine

The first classic Cabernet Sauvignon in our history aged entirely in French oak barrels.

TASTING NOTES: Pure elegance in a glass. Aromas of black cherries, pomegranate, dried cranberries and a hint of graphite channel classic Bordeaux. Its lovely, silky texture coats the palate with layers of black cherries and a touch of cedar from French oak’s fine tannins. From beginning to end, the balance carries all the way through.

VINTAGE NOTES: The last grapes were crushed on September 28, making our 40th vintage one of the earliest-finishing harvests in Jordan’s history. Bud break was early with dry spring days followed by unusually cool weather in May. Dry weather continued with a few heat spikes in September. Despite the lower yields, this wine is rich with a concentration of tannin provided by this vintage’s uniquely small berries.

First Tastes of 2015 Jordan Cabernet

Since 2016, this limited edition Melchior format has been available for the 2012, 2013 and 2014 vintages. Visit our Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon section for the latest tasting notes.

The Presentation

A Melchior is the perfect rare wine to buy for a special anniversary or birthday gift, or for the ultimate holiday party. Key features of the 18-liter bottle include:

  • One of only eight bottles made
  • Holds the equivalent of 122 5-ounce glasses of wine
  • Etched, painted and numbered by hand as part of a limited edition
  • Packaged in wooden wine box
  • Includes a WineKeeper Tap System for convenient glass pouring
  • Includes six limited-edition Le Tour de Melchior artist prints
  • Includes an optional reveal box for unveiling at your special event

Learn how to use the WineKeeper Tap System in this Melchior Service Video Tutorial.

Past Events

If you are interested in purchasing this special bottle, please email us.