Posts Tagged ‘2010 weather’

New release videos: 2008 Jordan Cabernet and 2010 Chardonnay

by on April 9, 2012 in From the Cellar

new releases

On the eve of two very special birthdays at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, we’re thrilled to share two new releases that capture the heart of our winemaking style—balance, elegance and full expression of fruit—the qualities our customers have enjoyed from vintage to vintage for four decades. The 2008 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon has a smooth, silky [...]

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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

2010 alexander valley harvest report

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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Vineyard video: Sunday’s rain + wind machines

by on September 20, 2010 in From the Vineyards

Weather forecasters reported that a storm would roll through Sonoma County wine country last weekend. Needless to say, we were concerned — but we were also prepared. Working in vineyards where nature and nurture go hand in hand requires constant attention and adaptability. Thankfully, the storm broke up as it came inland, and the rainfall totals were MUCH less [...]

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Video: cool weather, grape veraison and thinning fruit before harvest

by on August 24, 2010 in From the Vineyards

In last week’s video on leaf pulling, we mentioned that summer temperatures in Northern Sonoma County have been 10-20 degrees below normal. Veraison, when the green grapes change color and increase their sugar levels, started the first week in August. As a rule of thumb, harvest begins roughly six weeks after 100 percent veraison. What [...]

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Rainy, warm spring affects shoot thinning: video

by on June 10, 2010 in From the Vineyards

Watch the suckering process in this video to learn why shoot thinning is so important to making quality wine. The three most important vineyard management steps in the annual lifecycle of a grapevine are pruning in the winter, suckering (also known as shoot thinning) in the spring, and of course, harvest in the fall. The [...]

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Springtime snow on the mountains

by on April 2, 2010 in From the Vineyards

An interesting cold front lingered over the Alexander Valley and its vineyards earlier this week. Geyser Peak (3,455 feet elevation) and the surrounding mountains were dusted with snow, high above the vineyards on the valley floor–most of which recently underwent budbreak. We were a little nervous about the buds being harmed by frosts, but luckily [...]

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A winter growing season update from our organic garden

by on January 15, 2010 in From the Kitchen

The mild winters of Alexander Valley mean our organic gardens continue to afford us a weekly bounty of vegetables to inspire dishes for our guests. In this video, I discuss what’s growing this month in our garden behind the winery, as well as the early ripening witnessed this season, which may be attributed to El [...]

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