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Tallowing: preserving an old-world winemaking technique
Behind the Scenes / January 19, 2011

Our cellar team still practices an old-world winemaking technique that has nearly been lost in modern America’s wine culture: tallowing.  Each winter, the barrel blend of our latest vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon is placed in 6,000-gallon oak casks so the flavors of […]


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Cooperage trial tastings: which wine barrel producers make the cut
Behind the Scenes / April 15, 2010

Twice a year our winemaking team spends several weeks conducting a series of blind tastings to assess the merits of each cooperage from which we source barrels. Although we only work with the finest coopers, […]


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New barrel inspections: testing every barrel and conserving water
Behind the Scenes / February 19, 2010

Every winter, new oak barrels from top cooperages in France and America arrive at the Jordan cellar. Approximately one-third of the barrels we use to age our wines each year are new, and we work […]


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Recycling lees in Chardonnay winemaking
Behind the Scenes / January 13, 2010

One of the vital steps to crafting a great Chardonnay involves lees, residual yeast cells that remain in contact with the wine during fermentation and aging. The lees help give Chardonnay its round mouthfeel and mild tannins. When […]


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Video: Jordan 2005 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Eat & Drink / January 11, 2010

In this blog and on our YouTube channel, we’ll be posting videos each year where I discuss the latest releases of Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Russian River Valley Chardonnay.  Our 2006 Cabernet and 2008 […]


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Tallowing oak cask doors in winemaking
Behind the Scenes / January 10, 2010

Each December before barrel aging begins, we create the barrel blend for our latest vintage of Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. We only blend two Bordeaux varieties with our Cabernet Sauvignon—Merlot and Petit Verdot—the latter of […]


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Halloween at Jordan party photos: Casablanca
Fun & Festive / December 22, 2009

What started out as John’s personal Halloween party has transformed into the most talked about event in town. In October 2009, 180 of our valued trade members came to the winery to celebrate Halloween. The […]


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