Posts Tagged ‘winter’

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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Winter in the vineyards: double-pruning

by on January 14, 2010 in From the Vineyards

grapevine pruning

While grapevines are dormant during winter, they still require a great deal of care. Pruning is the first step in nurturing these plants for the following season, and this critical work is completed during January, February and March. Our Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot vines are cordon trained, and we leave only a two-bud spur per vine to grow grapes [...]

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Recycling and Chardonnay winemaking

by on January 13, 2010 in From the Cellar

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 fermentation and aging are complete, we rack our Chardonnay from the lees, leaving the yeast cells as a by-product. In keeping [...]

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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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Christmas at Jordan event photos

by on January 10, 2010 in Events

Every December, we host Christmas at Jordan, a walk-around tasting where library vintages, large-format bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon and Executive Chef Todd Knoll’s cuisine take center stage. We’d like to thank all our guests for braving the cold rains to join us for an elegant afternoon of wine, food, music and conversation. The date for [...]

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2009 olive harvest report with Dana Grande

by on January 8, 2010 in From the Land

dana grande, jordan winery olive harvest

Our estate olives were harvested in November and in early December 2009. We recorded a quick video, which includes an olive harvest report and scenes from the last day of harvest in December. Small bins are used to harvest our olives in the Italian brucatura tradition, a method where our estate workers pull each olive from [...]

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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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