2012 vintage grape harvest report: fast, big and beautiful

by on October 15, 2012

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Our first harvest report of the 2012 vintage is in. The verdict? Phenomenal. The first few weeks of crush were fast and furious, with Chardonnay, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes arriving at the hopper often on the same day. After two vintages with smaller crops and more challenging weather patterns, 2012 is proving to be generous in regards to both quality and yields. Oddly enough, the only real stressor this year has been tank turnover management in the winery. The fermenting juice from each of our vineyard sources is stunning, and their combined aromatics that have engulfed the winery are an exciting promise of the final blend to come. While it is customary for us to declassify any lots that don’t fit into the Jordan master blend, this year’s elimination process will certainly prove challenging, as there are no stepchildren in the group. The last of our Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot grapes still on the vine are on the verge of reaching physiological maturity and will be harvested by the weekend–just in time for Jordan’s notorious Halloween party and the NLCS Game 6, San Francisco Giants vs. Saint Louis Cardinals.

Harvest scenes from our Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards:

Harvest scenes from our Merlot vineyards:

Harvest scenes from our Chardonnay vineyards: