Early yet unpredictable: a 2013 Jordan Winery harvest report video

by on October 15, 2013 in Featured, From the Vineyards, News

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And just like that, the 2013 growing season has come to an end. The last of the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes passed through the destemmer and into the winery around 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 10. Roughly one month after first clusters were blessed on the Jordan crush deck, it is now time to leave the [...]

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When to pick grapes: grape sampling, sugar testing and trusting our palates

by on September 26, 2013 in Featured, From the Vineyards

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Within view but often unnoticed beyond the grapes gliding across Jordan’s sorting table, the information needed to make one of the most important decisions in winemaking is materializing. That is, of course, the decision of when to pick the grapes, and the means of gathering this information is through vineyard-block sampling. “What is sampling?” you [...]

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Video report: harvest 2013 is underway at Jordan Winery

by on September 12, 2013 in Featured, From the Vineyards

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Harvest 2013 kicked off at Jordan on Friday, September 6, and we’re already half-way finished picking all of our Russian River Valley Chardonnay grapes. It’s shaping up to be a very quick, exciting harvest. The picking might be going fast, but those grapes have had a long, moderate growing season to fully develop beautiful flavors. [...]

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Between the Vines: a summer growing season update

by on August 14, 2013 in Featured, From the Vineyards

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In my last blog post, I expressed skepticism about the “free ride” Mother Nature had provided this year with the early, but perfect, budbreak, flowering and fruit set. As it turns out, foolish were those who danced in the sun in celebration, wise were they who called the bluff. The 2013 growing season has been [...]

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Director’s Quarterly Letter: a seasonal look inside Jordan Vineyard & Winery (1st Edition, Spring 2013)

by on May 23, 2013 in Featured, News

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At large, Punxsutawney Phil’s 2013 prognostication for an early spring did little for his already less-than-stellar batting average, but here in Sonoma, his stock has gone up amongst local winegrowers. This year’s winter and spring climatic conditions stumped us all, vines included. February Sonoma temperatures hit highs in the ‘60s in all but one day, [...]

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Between the Vines: a spring growing season update (frost season)

by on May 12, 2013 in News

Jordan Winery vineyards

Can you hear that? Those are the exhales of the winegrowers, echoing off the west walls of the Mayacamas Mountains throughout the Alexander Valley. As the nighttime temperatures continue to inch away from any danger of spring frost, and with an April low of just 38°F, it seems we have made it over the first [...]

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Budbreak in the vineyards: spring 2013 vintage report video

by on April 9, 2013 in Featured, From the Vineyards

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There is no mistaking it now—springtime is here at Jordan! As expected, although earlier than normal due to the unseasonably dry conditions and warm temperatures, our Russian River Chardonnay vines boldly led the way out of winter dormancy as early as late February, followed a few weeks later by our Alexander Valley Merlot, Malbec, Petit [...]

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Blind Smelling: a humbling wine aroma seminar

by on January 31, 2013 in Events, Featured

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Blind tasting? Not exactly. The 24 black glasses displayed in the above photo where part of an educational seminar, hosted last week in Jordan’s oak tank room for our distributor management teams. Each glass is labeled only with a number and contains an aromatic compound that may be perceived in various vintages of Jordan Cabernet [...]

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When to Drink tasting note videos: Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon vintages 1999-2007

by on January 16, 2013 in Featured, From the Cellar

Greg Miller, Jordan Winery

Our annual When to Drink video series debuts this month, created to help those with Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon in their cellars learn how those wines are currently tasting and optimal drinking windows. These videos are also featured in our online store for Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon vintages 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007, so [...]

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2012 olive harvest vintage report video

by on November 15, 2012 in Featured, From the Land

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Experience the 2012 olive harvest with our vintage report video. Harvesting commenced at Jordan the morning of November 13 with Spanish Arbequina olives, and we’re thrilled with the quality and quantity of the fruit. Our 2012 Jordan Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil will be released in late 2013.

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