After 40 years as winemaker at Jordan, 2012 ranks as the best vintage I’ve ever experienced. I thought I’d never see another vintage like that again, especially not this soon. But, 2016 was phenomenal—truly superb. What I look for in a great harvest is intensity of fruit flavors, and 2016 delivered in spades. It’s an average-sized crop compared to the bountiful 2012 but with taste and complexity on par with 2012. We can’t complain. An average-sized crop is better than low; 2012 certainly spoiled us all.
Forty years ago, the first grapes for the inaugural 1976 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon were harvested on October 8. In 2016, harvest began on September 1 with Russian River Valley Chardonnay and concluded with a hillside vineyard of Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon on October 7–on the eve of our official 40th anniversary.
Stay tuned for our full 2016 vintage report and harvest recap next month. You can also watch my Facebook Live harvest report video.