How our winemaker gets fit for harvest: triathlons

by on September 18, 2014 in Featured, From the Vineyards

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After all these years of making wine and swimming, biking and running, it never occurred to me how my training corresponds so succinctly with Mother Nature’s time clock. It is true that my hours of training are directly related to the hours of light; much the same as a growing season of the grapevines. My [...]

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New release wines: Jordan 2010 Cabernet and 2012 Chardonnay

by on April 2, 2014 in Featured, From the Cellar, News

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“European winemaking is a history of empirical experience.” Those were the words André Tchelistcheff, the great wine guru, once said to me while we were driving to visit a winery in France. As our 39th growing season begins here in Sonoma County, I realize just how much I agree with his observation. Our winemaking skills [...]

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New release tasting note videos: 2009 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon and 2011 Jordan Chardonnay

by on April 13, 2013 in Featured, From the Cellar

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The official release date for our new vintages is May 1, though Jordan Estate Rewards have pre-release access to order 2009 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon and 2011 Jordan Chardonnay throughout the month of April at the winery or our online shop. We’ll be hosting a live video chat and tasting online next month to celebrate the debut of our [...]

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Grape veraison: what a difference a year makes

by on August 7, 2012 in From the Vineyards

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Veraison is underway in our vineyards, and what a difference a year makes. The onset of ripening, veraison is the time in a grapevine’s annual lifecycle when the red grapes change from green to purple hues–when acidity decreases and sugars begin to accumulate. Winemakers want the grape clusters to go through veraison fairly quickly, because the [...]

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Jordan 40 storytelling series: learning to taste wine with a legend

by on July 19, 2012 in From the Heart

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My memories of learning to taste wine with the legendary André Tchelistcheff.

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Harvest report 2011: racing to finish the “Vintage of Long Faces”

by on October 29, 2011 in From the Vineyards

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Harvest is the most exciting (and humbling) time of the year for a winemaker. We at Jordan do not like to think of vintages in terms of good or bad—only that each vintage requires attention to areas of wine growing and winemaking that vary from year to year. 2011 was one of those challenging years [...]

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New release videos: 2007 Jordan Cabernet and 2009 Chardonnay

by on April 28, 2011 in From the Cellar, News

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2007 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley releases officially on May 1. 2009 Jordan Chardonnay Russian River Valley releases officially on May 1.   In my 35 years as winemaker at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, I cannot recall a more exciting time to be working with these wines. We are truly entering a winemaking Renaissance, thanks to John [...]

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Batonnage: an old-world winemaking technique preserved each winter

by on February 23, 2011 in From the Cellar

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Each winter, our barrel cellar is filled with the sound of batons stirring our Chardonnay. The old-world winemaking technique of batonnage, or stirring of the lees, is practiced for every vintage of Jordan Chardonnay. It’s a beautiful cadence that is truly music to a winemaker’s ears. Batonnage is a wonderful tool for winemakers, almost like a spice rack to a chef. [...]

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Winemaker video: 2010 vintage harvest report, Alexander and Russian River valleys

by on November 4, 2010 in From the Vineyards, News

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It’s easy to generalize a vintage as classic or mediocre. Or as winemakers like to say, “challenging.” My definition of the 2010 vintage? Well, it was the best of times and the worst of times. Defined by intense flavors, the range of fruit quality varied tremendously from appellation, block, varietal and time of harvest. Specific sites delivered [...]

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Video: our 2005 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

by on January 11, 2010 in From the Cellar

In this blog and on our YouTube channel, we’ll be posting videos each year where I discuss the latest releases of our Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Russian River Valley Chardonnay.  Our 2006 Cabernet and 2008 Chardonnay will release in April 2010, so please check back for our video release tasting notes. Until then, we’ve [...]

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