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Going Against the Grain: Why Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon is Moving to 100 Percent French Oak after 40 Years
Behind the Scenes / Featured / What's New / March 31, 2017

Winemaking challenges come in many forms. There can be frost snaps in early spring that harm the grapevines’ vulnerable buds, untimely rains while harvesting thin-skinned grapes like chardonnay or the grudging tank of cabernet sauvignon […]


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A new twist to inspecting French oak barrels this winter
Behind the Scenes / Featured / What's New / December 18, 2015

A rhythmic sound echoes through the winery every winter before the holiday break: new French oak barrels being rolled into the cellar. After a long Transatlantic voyage that continued through the Panama Canal and up […]


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How oak barrels are selected for aging Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon
Behind the Scenes / March 17, 2011

Every fall, we begin the meticulous process of selecting oak barrels for our youngest vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon. Unlike many wineries, we don’t follow a recipe for which types of barrels we purchase each year. […]


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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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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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