From the Vineyards

2014 harvest kicks off early in Alexander Valley

by on September 3, 2014 in Featured, From the Vineyards, News

Jordan Winery 2014 harvest, Munselle Vineyards Merlot

Jordan’s 39th harvest kicked off in the wee hours Tuesday morning with our first gondolas of Alexander Valley Merlot grapes from two key growers. It’s the first time in a decade that our red wine grapes achieved optimal ripeness before the white grapes (2004, 2002 and 2001 were the last warm-weather vintages with such an [...]

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Seasons of the vineyard at Jordan Estate

by on July 24, 2014 in Featured, From the Vineyards

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July is the month of peaceful transition in wine country. We watch the tourists arrive for their summer vacations and weekend getaways, and we wait patiently for the red wine grapes to change color, a process called veraison. We’ve written extensively about the onset of ripening (here, here and here) when the appearance of grape clusters is [...]

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Time lapse video: 365 days with a Cabernet grapevine

by on April 15, 2014 in Featured, From the Vineyards

Jordan Winery vineyard grapevine

Our first outdoor time-lapse video experiment is complete. We captured one year of a grapevine’s life at Jordan Estate, from winter pruning through budbreak, flowering, fruit set, veraison, harvest fall foliage and winter dormancy again. This year, we are moving the camera closer to the vine in hopes of getting close-up shots of the grape [...]

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Budbreak arrives with force: what this means for the 2014 harvest

by on March 28, 2014 in Featured, From the Vineyards

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Our vineyards slept through the driest winter on record in Sonoma County in 120 years, and after some welcomed rains in February, they’ve awoken from their dormancy with force. Budbreak began about one week earlier than usual for our vineyards. (This was partly due to weather and the timing of pruning.) Days in early March [...]

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Grapevine pruning experiment keeps plants, people healthy

by on February 15, 2014 in From the Vineyards

Jordan Winery Machine Pruning Grapevines Visio

Pruning grapevines during their winter dormancy period remains the most expensive type of vineyard work we do each year. The practice is tedious and downright tiring with a lot of repetitive motion—it is both an art and a science, as described in our last pruning video. The Jordan viticulture team of four usually spends the [...]

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Inside look at the 2014 drought in Sonoma County wine country

by on February 13, 2014 in Featured, From the Vineyards

Lake Mendocino during 2014 drought, by George Rose

Brian Brett, a poet and farmer, once said, “Farming is a profession of hope.” For farmers who aren’t in control of their water sources, hope might be the only option in this recording-shattering drought year. Last month, while most of the United States braced against the bitterly cold temperatures of a rare polar vortex, that [...]

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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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Video montage: scenes from 2013 harvest at Jordan Winery

by on October 4, 2013 in Featured, From the Vineyards

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I love the autumn days when my alarm clock goes off at 5:30 a.m.–yes, I said five-thirty in the morning–because I know I’ll be in the middle of a hilltop vineyard in 90 minutes, capturing video footage of harvest. It’s pitch black when I leave my house, and by the time I climb up to [...]

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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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