Archive for September, 2012

Chardonnay and the art of press cuts

by on September 27, 2012 in Featured, From the Cellar

Chardonay press cuts, winemaking

Our 2012 Chardonnay is already beginning its transformation. After passing through the destemmer and sorting process as detailed in my previous harvest post, Chardonnay grapes–still firm and cool from the night harvest–are then transported to our Willmes membrane press. Within this cylindrical press, two membranes (one on each side) are inflated like balloons, allowing for [...]

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Our first Merlot grapes of 2012: taking a trip down memory lane

by on September 25, 2012 in Featured, From the Cellar

2012 Merlot harvest

The first of the 2012 red grapes arrived to the winery this morning in the form of 36 tons of Mazzoni Merlot. Our winemaker, Rob Davis, has been working with grape grower Mike Mazzoni since 1994, and in fact, fruit from Mazzoni Vineyards was the first fruit source outside of the Jordan Estate to go into the Jordan Cabernet [...]

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2012 Russian River Valley Chardonnay harvest on the sorting table

by on September 21, 2012 in Featured, From the Cellar

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On Tuesday, September 18, we received our first grapes of the season in the cool and crisp early morning hours: Chardonnay clone 76. Upon their arrival to the crush deck, the freshly harvested grapes began their journey into the winery on the conveyor belts of the sorting tables. With team members lining the sides of the [...]

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Harvest 2012 begins with Russian River Valley Chardonnay grapes

by on September 18, 2012 in Featured, From the Cellar, News

Blessing of the Grapes 2012

The first grapes of the 2012 vintage glided down our sorting table this morning at 5 a.m. For the last week, we’ve humored the idea of Alexander Valley Merlot being harvested before Russian River Chardonnay this year because their sugar levels were charging ahead a week ago, but it was in fact Chardonnay (Dijon Clone 76) that broke the tape. This clone [...]

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Real Winemakers Read Wine Spectator Reviews #2: Jean-Charles Boisset reads Thomas Matthews

by on September 14, 2012 in Featured, From the Heart

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Why hasn’t anyone ever made a video of someone reading a long-form wine review? Maybe, just maybe, wine lovers might find it as amusing as foodies did Yelp review readings. We decided to give it a try. Wine Spectator‘s video contest is our one time a year to break out from the usual behind-the-scenes winemaking [...]

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Real Winemakers Read Wine Spectator Reviews #1: John Jordan’s Tribute to Real Actors Read Yelp Reviews

by on September 11, 2012 in Featured, From the Heart

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Reading Wine Spectator reviews on camera is more than a little outside my comfort zone, but in honor of Real Actors Read Yelp Reviews, it had to be done. Here’s my rendition of former editor James Suckling’s A Century-Old Wine Worth Staying Up Too Late. Remember: what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. And imitation [...]

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Real Winemakers Read Wine Spectator Reviews #3: a tribute to Real Actors Read Yelp Reviews

by on September 6, 2012 in Featured, From the Heart, News

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When our friends at Eater.com introduced us to the Real Actors Read Yelp Reviews video series, our entry into Wine Spectator‘s 2012 Lights! Camera! Pour! Video Contest began to take shape. Why hasn’t anyone ever made a video of someone reading a long-form wine review? Maybe, just maybe, wine lovers might find it as amusing as foodies [...]

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