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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Uncorking 1981 Jordan Cabernet: new tastings notes for a special Jordan Estate Rewards member wine offer

by on October 3, 2013 in From the Cellar

Jordan 1981 Cabernet Sauvignon

In preparation for next week’s e-newsletter for Jordan Estate Rewards members, I dipped into the cellar yesterday and uncorked two bottles from the 1981 vintage: a 750mL regular bottle and a 1.5L magnum. 1981 is a featured library vintage offered exclusively to members through our October e-newsletter. The Guest Services team and I tasted these [...]

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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

Jordan Cabernet grapes veraison

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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The Ferrari of bottling lines unveiled at Jordan Winery

by on June 29, 2013 in From the Cellar, News

New Bottling Line Jordan Winery

A new kind of super car revved its engine at Jordan just days ago. Jordan Winery’s new, state-of-the-art bottling equipment is considered the “Ferrari of bottling lines” by the wine world. The craftsmanship and quality is incomparable. Fueled by Jordan 2012 Russian River Chardonnay, this bottling line is a collection of different technologies hand-selected by [...]

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Flowering, fruit set and what grapevines have in common with Jabba the Hutt

by on June 7, 2013 in From the Vineyards

First stage of berry development after flowering.

Like the yellow snails loitering on the guyot-trained grapevines of Meursault and the vile, “gangster” gastropod Jabba the Hutt of Star Wars, the flowers of Vitis vinifera grapevines are hermaphroditic.That is right! Simply put, they possess both male and female parts. For cultivated grapevines rooted here in Earth’s lithosphere, these hermaphrodites are considered “perfect flowers.” Perfect [...]

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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

Budbreak, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

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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