After 40 years as winemaker at Jordan, 2012 ranks as the best vintage I’ve ever experienced. I thought I’d never see another vintage like that again, especially not this soon. But, 2016 was phenomenal—truly superb. What I look for in a great harvest is intensity of fruit flavors, and 2016 delivered in spades. It’s an average-sized crop compared to the bountiful 2012 but with taste and complexity on par with 2012. We can’t complain. An average-sized crop is better than low; 2012 certainly spoiled us all.
Forty years ago, the first grapes for the inaugural 1976 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon were harvested on October 8. In 2016, harvest began on September 1 with Russian River Valley Chardonnay and concluded with a hillside vineyard of Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon on October 7--on the eve of our official 40th anniversary.
Stay tuned for our full 2016 vintage report and harvest recap next month. You can also watch my Facebook Live harvest report video.