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We've seen an increase in natural corks
tainted with TCA in the last five years.
2,4,6-Trichloroanisole, or TCA for short, is a natural
compound that forms on cork. It's been the proverbial
thorn in every winemaker's side since the advent of glass
wine bottles and corks in the 1600s; up to 10 percent
of all wine corks, made from tree bark in Portugal and
Spain, are estimated to be tainted with TCA. Until
recently, the only way to guarantee no TCA or minimal
cork taint risk was to buy the highest quality cork and
pay extra for hand-sorting, and do your own sorting and
testing again back at the winery laboratory. That's what
Jordan has done with both wines for decades and will
continue to do for our cabernet. A decade ago, during
my first years managing corks and bottling at Jordan,
Portugal's cork industry made huge strides in decreasing
the incidence of TCA in their corks. We turned down
every cork supplier that was trying to sell us the latest
taint-free closure because we encountered very few
corked bottles in our tests before bottling. Unfortunately,
that changed three years ago. We aren't quite sure why
the incidence of TCA increased with our chardonnay
corks, which are shorter than those used for cabernet,
but it has. After all of the energy and money we put into
every vintage to make sure that the wine in the bottle is
perfect, I just couldn't go back to the old days. Even one
corked bottle per vintage is too many for me. Today,
winemakers have access to several alternative closures
that are sustainable, natural and protect the wine better
than a traditional cork, such as Diam. Diam is natural
cork that is crumbled and cleaned, leaving it free of any
TCA and off-aromas.

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