Posts Tagged ‘petit verdot’

Petit Verdot grape thinning experiment to elevate quality

by on July 25, 2012 in Featured, From the Vineyards

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We constantly experiment in the vineyards, always seeking ways to improve fruit quality and uniformity of the grape clusters–which ultimately leads to a higher quality wine. Trying to push the bar even higher with Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon is no easy task. We use precision farming techniques based on our soil mapping study and continue to [...]

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Vine grafting: Cabernet, Merlot vineyards become Petit Verdot, Malbec

by on July 7, 2011 in From the Vineyards

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In May, we embarked on our first grapevine grafting project since completion of the Jordan Estate soil mapping study. Using results from the study, we identified certain vineyard blocks, which had soil composition more suitable to Petit Verdot and Malbec. Technology is a beautiful thing. Approximately 3.2 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon were earmarked for grafting to Malbec, and roughly 3.3 [...]

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Video: our 2005 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

by on January 11, 2010 in From the Cellar

In this blog and on our YouTube channel, we’ll be posting videos each year where I discuss the latest releases of our Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Russian River Valley Chardonnay.  Our 2006 Cabernet and 2008 Chardonnay will release in April 2010, so please check back for our video release tasting notes. Until then, we’ve [...]

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Tallowing the doors of our oak casks

by on January 10, 2010 in From the Cellar

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 which has been increasing its presence in our final blend, thanks to its amazing blueberry fruit, vibrant color, and soft, [...]

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2009 vintage: growing season + grape harvest

by on January 3, 2010 in From the Vineyards

Every growing season—and grape harvest—has its own distinct personality. Grapes can be precocious or take their own sweet time to mature. Harvests can range from hectic to calm and thrilling to frustrating. These grapes are our babies in many ways. It’s the birth of a new vintage we plan carefully and anticipate at the end [...]

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Creating the Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon barrel blend

by on December 19, 2009 in From the Cellar

As the year winds down and the holidays approach, harvest still seems fresh in the minds of the production team. Crafting the final blend of Cabernet before it is transferred to barrels might seem like a pivotal step in the artistry of winemaking for the new vintage, but in fact, it is a quick tasting of [...]

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