Posts Tagged ‘2013 growing season’

2013 olive harvest begins at Jordan Estate today

by on October 24, 2013 in Featured, From the Land, News

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Jordan’s 2013 olive harvest kicked off this morning with a small orchard of Arbequina trees near our Merlot vineyard. The fog was thick and the air chilly enough for the pickers to see their breath, but spirits were high. Smiles gleamed across faces all morning because let’s face it: Harvest is the moment we’ve been [...]

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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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Watch Jordan grapevines grow (time-lapse video of budbreak to veraison)

by on August 27, 2013 in Featured, From the Vineyards

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Last spring, we announced our latest time-lapse video experiment: capturing a grapevine’s entire life cycle on camera, from budbreak in March all the way through leaves falling in December. Our first video showed the grapevines awaking from their winter sleep and pushing new buds, but we haven’t shared any new video footage from the project [...]

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

by on June 7, 2013 in From the Vineyards

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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

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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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