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Jordan Winery, our Grape Growers and the Kincade Fire

We have been humbled by the outpouring of support from our customers during the Kincade Fire. Your emails, calls and messages reminded us of how strong the love of Jordan is at the time when we needed it most.

I’m happy to report that Jordan Winery, our estate, our farm animals, and all of our employees and grape growers are safe. We are excited to resume Tours & Tastings and wine shipments today, and we look forward to sharing a toast to the firefighters and first responders with you. One of the ways you can help our community recover is to visit Healdsburg and see how beautiful wine country is right now, and uncork Alexander Valley wines this holiday season.

The end of October was an extremely stressful and challenging for the Sonoma County community, as the wildfire grew and spread for a week across the mountains and valleys east of the towns of Geyserville, Healdsburg and Windsor. The good news is that the Kincade Fire of 2019 was far less destructive than the Tubbs Fire of 2017. Not a single life was lost because of this fire; unfortunately, two Jordan employees suffered smoke damage to their homes, and one Jordan grower lost four houses on his ranches. Cal Fire reports that 374 structures (including 174 homes) were destroyed—compared to more than 5,643 structures (2,834 homes) two years ago. This is all thanks to the tireless work of thousands of firefighters who rushed from near and far to fight the flames—including a former Jordan employee, Jason Ius, who once worked in our facilities department and left to become a firefighter. He was part of a strike team that rushed to a spot fire that broke out on the southeastern border of Jordan Estate around 3 a.m. on October 27. Needless to say, I’m not sure anyone who lives in the area could sleep that night. We were all glued to our phones, expecting the worst. The next day, Director of Ranch Operations Brent Young sent us a photo of our cows, grazing in the morning sun while the fire still burned south of us, along with photos of the winery still standing, untouched, and the lawns still vibrant green. Later, Jason sent me a text with a photo, saying that they weren’t about to let that fire cross West Soda Rock Lane into Jordan. Those guys are our heroes, and we look forward to giving them a heroes’ thank you at Jordan soon.

Jordan Winery cows with Kincade Fire in background
The Jordan cows roam as the Kincade Fire burns to the south of Jordan Estate on October 27, 2019.

This fire was contained mostly to rural and remote parts of northeastern Sonoma County, so it’s important to realize that all of the charming wine country towns you love to visit are completely safe. The entire city of Healdsburg received no damage, apart from a few farms on the eastern outskirts of town. The heart of Windsor and almost all if its neighborhoods were spared, though some homes burned in Shiloh Ridge and Chalk Hill areas east of town. Downtown Geyserville was also spared. Sonoma County is a vast, beautiful place, and less than 7 percent of the county burned in the Kincade fire—land primarily in the wooded mountain range of the Mayacamas between Sonoma and Napa counties. The news headlines always paint a grim picture, but it’s important to remember that, from a tourist’s perspective, all but one of the wine country roads typically traveled are open and just as picturesque as ever.

Jordan Winery entrance in fall
The fall foliage in full color at Jordan Winery on November 1, 2019.

About 92 percent of the Sonoma County grape harvest was complete before the fire, so only a small percent of Sonoma County vineyards were impacted by the fire (about 50 acres of more than 14,000 in the Alexander Valley Winegrowers report), but that means there were still losses for some. Reports indicate that up to 20 percent of the Alexander Valley’s grapes may have not been harvested before the fire. Many families, farms and wineries in the Alexander Valley benchlands and hillsides east and southeast of Geyserville faced the fury of the fire on its first and fourth nights, respectively. The area east of Geyserville is affectionately called the “Cote de Jordan” because so many of the vineyards for Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon are clustered in this one area. (All of our grapes had been harvested before the fire.)

We are relieved that none of our growers lost their homes, though some did have to fight the fire in the middle of the night to save their homes and their businesses. One grower, the Miller family who owns Garden Creek Vineyards & Winery, lost their vineyard workers’ residence, three rental houses and half of their remaining Cabernet Sauvignon crop—the fruit they keep for themselves to bottle their own wine. (Read Sara Schneider’s feature story in Robb Report about the Miller’s fire fight.) Another grower, Bret Munselle of Munselle Vineyards, witnessed the fire burning right through his ranch; he lost a newly planted hillside vineyard (too young to survive the fire) and all of its underground piping. The Mazzoni family, who just built their own winery a few years ago, watched the fire burn all the way downhill to the fence behind their family home before it stopped. Jeff Horowitz of Rio Lago Ranch and Vineyards has his own water truck and stayed behind to defend his home and property; he evacuated around 3 a.m. when it was unsafe to stay and returned the next day to find his home, barn, vineyards and farm animals untouched, even though all four corners of his ranch burned. (He did lose two sheds near the Russian River edge of his property.) Damage to our grower vineyards has been reported as minimal with only a few vines at the edge being singed, though irrigation lines need to be replaced, which are not covered by insurance. Grapevines hold a lot of water, so they do not easily burn and hinder the progression of a fire. The plants that provide our livelihood as winemakers also save homes and lives; they are excellent natural firebreaks.

Miller Family of Garden Creek Vineyards in their Olive Hill vineyard
The Miller family of Garden Creek Vineyards, in their Olive Hill Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard, a prized source for Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon. Photo by Matt Armendariz, August 2014.

In the coming weeks and months, we will be focusing energy on helping these grape grower families recover from this wildfire. Much clean-up will be needed before the next growing season. Thankfully, the fall rains should be coming soon, and we have 7-8 months to get this work done.

Many of you have been asking us how you can help our community recover, and we greatly appreciate your kindness and generosity for Alexander Valley. As soon as we have more information on how you can specifically help the Garden Creek vineyard worker families, we will share that information. Here are a few other suggestions:

Jordan Director of Operations Tim Spence, who suffered smoke damage to his home and fire damage to his yard, has moved into a guest house at Jordan. We’ve made sure he, his wife and their dog have a comfortable place to live during the smoke treatment process. Christopher Washington, who works part-time for Nitsa Knoll (our events director), has also been displaced, and Nitsa is helping he and his family secure temporary housing.

Healdsburg-based journalist Linda Murphy put together a comprehensive list of Alexander Valley wineries impacted for Sonoma magazine. Unfortunately, two wineries were destroyed in southeastern Alexander Valley—the historic Soda Rock Winery and Field Stone Winery. It is both heartbreaking and relieving that only a few wineries were damaged out of more than 40 in the valley. Our thoughts are with the Wilsons, the Jacksons and their employees during this difficult time, and we were relieved to read that their 2019 vintages are safe. Coping with and recovering from a wildfire is extremely difficult, as several of our employees know from 2017, but Sonoma County is filled with strong, passionate and resilient people—they are the secret ingredient in all of our wines—so we will get through this.

Jordan Estate southeast corner from West Soda Rock Road
The southeastern corner of Jordan Estate on October 27. Photo by firefighter Jason Ius.

From a winemaking perspective, it was a nail-biting week between the evacuation and power outages. Jordan finished our 2019 harvest five days before the fire broke out, so all our wines were safe in the fermentation room or our oak tanks. The 2019 wines are stunning with bright, intense fruit and very smooth, elegant tannins in the Cabernet Sauvignon—perfect for the Jordan house style. We have a very large generator to power the entire winery, so we were able to maintain temperature for the wines throughout this ordeal—though our operations director did receive a FaceTime crash course on how to do a pump-over from our winemaker, who was evacuated and could not reach the winery to perform the two pump-overs on schedule for this week. More than 90 percent of the harvest was complete in Sonoma County before the fire, so fortunately, there will be very little impact on the quality or quantity of 2019 wines overall. It’s been all hands on deck in the fermentation room since the evacuation was lifted on Thursday; our cellar crew is working nonstop until every tank of 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon is pressed.

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Cellar worker Ivan Gonzalez’s purple hands in the Jordan fermentation room on November 1, 2019.

We encourage you to continue supporting the Alexander Valley wine community by visiting wine country this fall, winter and/or next year. Your vacations to the area help not only the wineries, but all of the residents of Geyserville, Windsor and Healdsburg who work at our area tasting rooms, hotels, restaurants and shops.

We look forward to seeing you at Jordan soon to raise a toast to the firefighters who fought the fire—and to the growers whose vineyards helped stop the flames from advancing further—both helped save Northeastern Sonoma County.

 

Jordan Winery 2019 Holiday Gift Guide: Elegant Gifts for Wine Lovers

The new Jordan Holiday Gift Guide debuts this week, offering delicious gifts for wine lovers. Whether you’re looking for Christmas presents, corporate gifts and gifts for clients, this year’s gift guide features an array of wine gift boxes, wine gift sets, food gifts, build-your-own gift boxes with special vintages and dedicated concierge services for corporate gifts. There’s also 30-50 percent off shipping on qualifying multi-package orders.

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2017 Jordan Chardonnay, 2015 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon and 2017 Olive Oil with three bottle gift box in front of Christmas tree

Wine Gift Boxes

Wine gift boxes are always a classy choice for Christmas gifts. Jordan offers its current release Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Extra Virgin Olive Oil in one-bottle gift boxes, as well as both Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon in a two-bottle wine gift box. There’s also a trio of three vintages of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon in wine gift box, and a gift box set of 2015 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon with a set of Riedel wine glasses. Looking for gifts for food and wine lovers? The Jordan Signature Trio Collection features Jordan Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a three-bottle gift box.  Interested in a special vintage? Build your own wine gift box on our online shop.

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The Jordan Chef’s Reserve Caviar comes with a mother of pearl spoon to create a lovely caviar gift set.

Gourmet Food Gifts

Sonoma olive oil is one of the best gifts for foodies. Jordan has been crafting extra virgin olive oil in Sonoma County since 1997, and Jordan Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a small-batch artisanal oil defined by full flavor and elegance. Other olive oil lover’s gifts, such as olive oil dipping dishes or olive wood cheese boards, can be purchased separately. A decadent gift for the gourmet food lover in your life, Jordan Chef’s Reserve Caviar by Tsar Nicoulai includes a mother of pearl spoon and overnight shipping. If you’d like to create your own caviar and champagne gift set, Champagne gift boxes featuring the new Jordan Cuvée by Champagne AR Lenoble, are available for shipping to California addresses.

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One bottle each of the 2008 and 2013 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon in a wood box nestled around silver ornaments

Wooden Wine Gift Box Sets

A wooden wine box filled with quality wine always gets rave reviews from loved ones, employees and clients. The two-bottle box featuring current vintage Jordan Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon is one of our most popular corporate gifts. Two-, six- and 12-bottle wooden wine gift boxes are also available, including this new duo of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon library vintages (pictured above).

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Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon wine gift box with present wrapping
Build your own wine gift box presents with one, two or three bottles.

Corporate Gifts: Special Services

Jordan’s holiday gift guide includes convenient shopping for corporate gift ideas and special concierge services for multi-package orders. Our personalized concierge services for corporate gifts are also highlighted in the Jordan Holiday Gift Guide and in the dedicated corporate gifting services section. Jordan Winery’s online shopping cart also offers convenient shipping to multiple addresses; our concierge can also handle all of the administrative work for your order and send you a price quote for approval.

“We pride ourselves in personalized gifting services for businesses,” said Maribel Soto, Director of Jordan Estate Rewards, who works closely with customers who purchase corporate gifts for clients or employee appreciation gifts. “Our Guest Services management team personally oversees all corporate orders to help alleviate the stress customers can endure when coordinating corporate gift orders.”

2017 Jordan Chardonnay with gift box in front of Christmas tree
The 2017 Jordan Chardonnay is versatile with food, making it an ideal gift for an array of palates.

Wine Shipping Discounts

Shipping discounts for corporate and other multi-package gift orders are also available, based on quantity:

  • Order 12 or more gift boxes or wooden gift sets and receive 30% off shipping.
  • Spend $2,000 or more on any combination of products and receive 50% off shipping.

Corporate Gifts: Personalized Wine Gifts

Other Jordan corporate gifting services include personalized wine gifts for a unique gift ideas, including custom-etched wine bottles and laser-etched wooden wine boxes. Personalized gift orders require additional processing time 7-14 days due to the custom artistry.

Six bottle wood box with two bottles each of the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

Buying Jordan Wine Online: Holiday Shipping Deadlines

All Jordan wine and gourmet food gift orders must be placed by November 21 for Thanksgiving delivery and by December 16 for Christmas and New Year’s Eve delivery due to winery holiday closure dates. Please note that 10 or more orders require three additional business days to process. Orders can be placed by calling 800-654-1213, emailing orders@jordanwinery.com or shopping online.

View the Jordan Shop for more information on shipping discounts, shipping deadlines and other perks. Happy Holidays!

 

What to Wear to a Wine Tasting & Other Wine Country Vacation Tips

Working at a destination winery in Healdsburg, we field many questions from visitors who are trying to plan the ultimate wine country vacation. We try our best to offer tips and advice that will make their Sonoma wine tasting and dining adventures as memorable as possible. By far, the most asked question we receive at Jordan Winery is what to wear to a wine tasting. Here, I’ve compiled a list of the top frequently asked traveler questions with answers from the Jordan hospitality, many of whom have lived and worked in Sonoma wine country their entire lives. We dug a little deeper into the fashion questions and included photo galleries, as the “wine country casual” fashion is better explained through photos.

What to Wear to a Wine Tasting

Wondering what to wear wine tasting? Before you raid your closet, make sure you know what your wine tasting entails. If you’re just popping into tasting rooms around the town of Healdsburg, Sonoma, Yountville or Napa, you want to be comfortable but cute and fashionable (see “What is Wine Country Casual? below). For ladies, you can wear a sundress, dressy jeans and a cute top, or a casual skirt and cute top. Recommended shoes include wedge sandals, flat dress shoes or stylish boots. (See below gallery for photos.) If you’re going to a winery where walking through the vineyard is part of the experience—which is becoming more common, especially in Sonoma County—leave the stillettos at home and wear flat, close-toed shoes. Depending how hot it is outside, jeans may even be more appropriate for a vineyard tasting. Daily temperatures fluctuate significantly in wine country—that’s why the wine grapes are so delicious—so it’s always a good idea to bring a sweater or light jacket with you to morning tastings and dinner. And don’t forget–wearing white to a wine tasting is daring because red wine spills do happen.

What to Wear to a Wine Tasting: Women’s Fashion Photos

Below are some examples of typical clothes women wear to a wine tasting. Some wineries are more formal with seated tastings, like Jordan Winery, while others are more casual, such as Gundlach Bundschu, which has outdoor concerts and vineyard tours in a vintage military vehicle. Be sure to dress accordingly based upon the tasting description.

What to Wear to a Wine Tasting: Men’s Fashion Photos

Find fashion inspiration in the photos below of stylish men at Jordan Winery events and wine tastings. For outdoor lunches and vineyard tastings, you’ll see that guys definitely wear shorts, but they are typically dressy shorts with a collared shirt—or dressy pants/jeans with a collared shirt. Casual dress shoes or stylish sneakers work.

What is Wine Country Casual Attire?

Wine country casual is a very vague term that frustrates some and inspires others to create their own definition of wine country fashion. For women, wine country casual means sundresses or a cute dress top and dress shorts or capris. Fancy jeans can even work. Shoes can range from boots and sandals to flats and stylish sneakers. For men, that means a short-sleeved dress shirt, golf shirt or designer tee shirt with dress shorts, casual pants or dressy jeans. Casual dress shoes or stylish sneakers. During the evening, if you’re going to a fancy restaurant like French Laundry or SingleThread, ladies will probably want to wear a dress or dress slacks (and jackets without a tie for men), but you could easily wear jeans and a nice top (don’t forget the light sweater or jacket) to Barndiva, Valette, Chalkboard or Spoonbar in Healdsburg.

What wine country casual is not: gym shorts, cut-off Jean shorts, or sports t-shirts. If you’re going to brewery for dinner, feel free to don those duds. High heels—regardless of how fabulous they look— are iffy. Feel free to pack those kicks if you’re only walking from the Uber to your table at the restaurant.

People do, however, tend to dress up a little more than wine country casual at night if they’re going to dinner at a white-tablecloth restaurant like Dry Creek Kitchen or Farmhouse Inn, but for most places, the same style of wine country casual works for day or night—just don’t forget the sweater or jacket.

The slideshow above shows our favorite wine country casual attire from events and tastings at the winery. View the gallery at the end of this post for Instagrammers who know how to pull off the wine country casual look.

Should We Tip a Wine Tasting Host?

Visiting a winery sometimes feels like visiting a restaurant or a wine bar, so it’s natural that visitors feel as if they should be tipping their wine tasting host. In general, tipping a wine tasting host is not required or expected—unless the winery operates like a restaurant and chooses to present guests with a bill that includes a section for adding gratuity. At Jordan, tips are never expected but are appreciated. Wherever you are, if you are feeling “tipsy,” you can always ask the host directly if they accept tips. If they turn down your tip, don’t feel bad.

Food and wine tasting experience with cheese and cabernet sauvignon

Do We Need Reservations for Wine Tasting?

“Do all wineries require reservations?” This is a question we receive quite often at Jordan Winery, as all of our tours and tastings include food pairings and are by appointment with advance reservations required. Many wineries do require reservations due to food preparation, staffing, use permits and overall philosophy. A traditional tasting room typically doesn’t require an advance reservation for a tasting at the bar, but it’s always best to check the winery website to confirm before showing up. As a general rule, most of the best winery tours in Napa and Sonoma require a reservation because they are experiences that include food, different destinations on the winery property, or both.

How Far in Advance Should We Book a Wine Tasting?

Wineries in Napa and Sonoma vary dramatically in size and capacity for guests as part of wine tasting experiences that require advance reservations. In our experience, visitors should book winery tours and tastings for holiday weekends 3-4 months in advance. If you’re traveling to wine country during harvest (September and October), make a reservation 6-8 weeks before for weekday wine tasting experiences and 2-3 months for non-holiday weekends during harvest. During winter, you can typically book a top-rated wine tasting in Sonoma County 1-2 weeks in advance for weekends, and even a few days in advance for weekdays. During spring and summer months, from April to August, make wine tasting reservations 4-6 weeks in advance for weekends, and at least 1-2 weeks in advance for weekdays.

Group of people sipping chardonnay before winery tour begins

Are Most Wine Tastings Private or Groups?

Whether or not you’ll be wine tasting alone or with strangers varies from winery to winery. Winery tours are often done in groups, and tasting rooms offer bar service where you’re elbow-to-elbow with another group and one host offers pours as guests arrive. At Jordan Winery, all tours and tastings with food pairings that can be booked on the website are group wine tastings. In order to have a private wine tasting at Jordan, you have to become a Silver member of the Jordan Estate Rewards loyalty program. On the other hand, at MacRostie Winery, the Estate House is designed like a living room with several private tables so that wine tasting guests each have their own table. It’s best to ask the winery if you’re looking for a private experience. Many wineries also offer the option of booking out a group tasting and turning it into a private, which is popular with the award-winning Jordan Estate Tour & Tasting excursion.

Can We Drive from Healdsburg to Yountville for Dinner?

The short answer is yes, but it’s not a cakewalk of a drive, especially after a fancy meal. Napa Valley’s southern town of Yountville—located about 70 minutes southeast of Healdsburg—is known for its restaurants and is home to the famous French Laundry. The hip town of Healdsburg in northern Sonoma County has become increasingly known for its restaurants, hotels and inns—not just its beautiful wineries in the surrounding Alexander, Russian River and Dry Creek valleys—and many travelers choose to stay overnight in Healdsburg but have dinner reservations at The French Laundry or another Yountville restaurant. Be mindful that you’ll more than likely be spending more than two hours in a car round-trip, crossing a mountain range to get to and from dinner. An Uber from Healdsburg to Yountville one-way will cost about $100. If your hotel is in Healdsburg, I’d suggest opting for nearby Michelin-star restaurants, including SingleThread Farm Restaurant & Inn, Madrona Manor and Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant.

Our Favorite Wine Country Casual Attire from Instagrammers

 

Jordan Winery Introduces Estate Garden Plate, Handmade Clay Pottery

At Jordan, we have long embraced the farm-to-table ethos, incorporating estate-grown produce, herbs and olive oil into its culinary hospitality and guest experiences. This year, we are taking the concept of terroir a step further with Jordan Garden Plates, custom, handmade clay pottery that features clay from Jordan’s Alexander Valley estate. The one-of-a-kind plates were created in collaboration with Napa Valley-based NBC Pottery, renowned for the rustic yet handmade pottery it crafts for luxury hotels and Michelin three-star restaurants.

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Todd and Nitsa Knoll in the Jordan Winery garden

The project was born after Todd Knoll, Jordan Winery’s executive chef, and his wife, Nitsa, who serves as Jordan’s director of hospitality and events, spent a few years getting to know NBC Pottery owners, Nikki and Will Callnan, at their annual open house studio event. The two couples discovered kindred creative spirits and philosophies, and the Knolls approached the Callnans in 2018 about working together.

Nikki and Will Callhan, NBC Pottery
Nikki and Will Callhan at their studio.

“I wanted a locally made piece that was the ultimate expression of our terroir,” Chef Knoll said. “I couldn’t think of any culinary experience more connected to the land than eating vegetables from Jordan’s garden on a plate that was made from clay in which those ingredients were grown.”

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Nikki cuts around the mold of the Jordan Garden Plate.

Nikki created a custom mold with curved edges for the rectangular Jordan Garden Plate, sized to fit into a custom bento box Chef Knoll had made for the final food pairing served on Jordan’s Estate Tour & Tasting, a moveable culinary excursion with four destinations across our nearly 1,200-acre estate. The cleaned Jordan clay was applied as an iron-rich, decorative slip to the hand-modeled stoneware clay form before glazing. After the initial bisque-firing, the plate was glazed and fired with a brown glaze that interacted in complement to the saturated slip surface. The resulting plates feature graceful, curved corners and a lush, brown, color glaze with a crystal satin finish.

NBC Pottery Jordan Garden Plate, hands holding ceramics
The Jordan Garden Plate, handmade clay pottery by NBC Pottery

“What’s great about this project is that between the design and the composition of the natural elements, every piece is slightly different,” said Nikki, whose pottery pieces grace the tables of some of Napa Valley’s finest restaurants, such as The French Laundry, The Restaurant at Meadowood and The Charter Oak. “I like to think of them as fingerprints, each with their own unique signature.”

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Clay samples from Jordan Estate collected to determine which would be best for pottery making.

It takes a particular type of clay to produce artisan ceramics, and there was no guarantee that the varieties found on Jordan Estate would be suitable for the project. After hiking across the property and digging up clay samples from three different locations, Todd and Will found what they were looking for, ironically, near a greenhouse in Jordan’s garden.

Will and Nikki Callhan, NBC Pottery
Will and Nikki making Jordan Winery plates in their studio.

With only 80 created, each piece is its own expression of the estate’s unique soil composition. “It is exciting to see how the clay, once cleaned and processed, reacts through the firings and glazing,” Will said. “Sourcing the clay for a project from a specific terroir builds a story around the pottery and creates a deeper connection. It makes a memory between the piece and its origin.”

NBC Pottery Jordan Garden Plate
The bottom of each plate carries both logos.

The Jordan Garden Plate is featured on Jordan’s Estate Tour & Tasting and also makes appearances during Private Tables and Culinary Events in the Jordan dining room. The handmade clay pottery pieces will be available for sale at the winery, or buy online for $100.

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Chef Todd Knoll presents a formal lunch course on the Jordan Garden Plate.

This Year’s Jordan Winery Harvest Lunch Menus

The countdown to grape harvest season has begun in Sonoma County, which means it’s time for Jordan Winery Harvest Lunches in Healdsburg. This communal feast for Jordan Estate Rewards members, our staff and grape growers celebrates the harvest season with delicious, garden-driven dishes by our winery chef, Todd Knoll. This year’s menu was unveiled today.

Offered September 9-October 4 (Monday through Friday), savor a delectable assortment of dishes from the Jordan garden, as well as an entrée and dessert–all served with multiple Jordan wines. If you’d like to experience Harvest Lunch at Jordan, all you need to do is become a Silver member of our loyalty program. Silver, Gold and Platinum members may request a seat at the table on our website.

2019 Jordan Harvest Lunches Menus

Monday, September 9
Traditional Pork Chile Verde and Chicken Chile Rojo Tamales
Rice, Beans, Salsa, Sour Cream
Cabbage Salad with Cilantro Heirloom Tomatoes
Apple, Cinnamon and Coconut Salad

Tuesday, September 10
Roasted New York Strip
Summer Squash, Farro, Roasted Shallots, Tarragon Vinaigrette
Garden Greens with Heirloom Tomatoes and Goat Cheese
Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries

Wednesday, September 11
Grilled Chicken Souvlaki with Warm Pita
Tzatziki, Traditional Greek Salad
Dolmas and Tabouli (Tabbouleh) Salad
Greek Yogurt with Fig, Honey and Pistachio

Thursday, September 12
Kalbi Short Ribs, Sushi Rice and Jordan Kimchi
Ahi Tuna Poke
Shiitake Mushrooms and Snow Peas in a Sesame Vinaigrette
Coconut Cream Pie

Friday, September 13
Glazed Salmon over Black Quinoa with Grilled Asparagus
Heirloom Tomatoes with Scallions and Miso Vinaigrette
Spinach, Walnut and Cranberry Salad in White Balsamic Vinaigrette
Garden Fig Bread Pudding with Crème Anglaise

Monday, September 16
Jordan Meatloaf
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Wild Mushroom Gravy
Haricots Verts and Fig Salad, Garden Greens with Sherry Vinaigrette
Famous Jordan Chocolate Mousse with Estate Raspberries

Tuesday, September 17
Herb Roasted Chicken with Grilled Asparagus
Pesto and Sun-Dried Tomato Orecchiette Pasta
Heirloom Tomatoes, EVOO Marinated Bocconcini with Garden Basil
Strawberry Cheese Cake

Wednesday, September 18
Kobe Burger Bar
Corn on the Cob, Baked Beans, French Fries, Cole Slaw
Kozlowski Gravenstein Apple Pie

Thursday, September 19
Grilled Pork Chops
Roasted New Potatoes, Jordan Haricots Verts
Classic Wedge Salad
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, Jordan Berries and Whipped Cream

Friday, September 20
Halibut with Lemon Caper Beurre Blanc over Freekeh
Swiss Chard, Broccolini and Garden Vegetables
Classic Caesar Salad
Lemon Tart with Raspberries

Monday, September 23
Taco Bar
Ceviche, Chicken, Cilantro, Onions, Cabbage, Salsa, Guacamole
Classic Pinto Beans and Spanish Red Rice
Tropical Tapioca Pudding

Tuesday, September 24
Pepper Crusted Ribeye Beef
Jordan Braising Greens, Grilled Asparagus,
Crème Fraiche Mashed Potatoes with Braised Shallot Jus
Kozlowski Triple Berry Pie

Wednesday, September 25
Pork Loin and Pancetta Chips, 
Anson Mills Polenta, Porcini Gravy
Classic Caesar Salad, Heirloom Tomatoes with Burrata
Tiramisu

Thursday, September 26
Roasted Chicken with Dates, Citrus and Picholine Olives
Arugula, Shaved Pecorino, Pine Nuts, Lemon and White Truffle Vinaigrette
Jordan Olive Oil Cake with Lemon Curd and Jordan Bee Pollen

Friday, September 27
Mexican Prawn Cocktail
Black Beans and Rice
Grilled Corn with Lime and Cilantro
Tres Leches Cake

September 30-October 4
Finale week features an entrée, many surprises from our garden and dessert

Executive Chef, Todd Knoll

*menus are subject to change

Jordan Winery Announces First Winemaker Leadership Change in Four Decades

Rob Davis, who has worked at Jordan since the inaugural 1976 harvest and is considered the longest-tenured winemaker in Sonoma County, is transitioning into the newly created role of winegrower at Jordan, effective July 1, 2019. He has turned over lead winemaking and management responsibilities to Maggie Kruse, who has worked alongside Davis for the last 13 harvests.

Davis’s winemaking career began after he graduated from the University of California at Davis in 1976, when legendary winemaker André Tchelistcheff, consulting enologist at Jordan Winery, selected Davis to be his protégé in crafting the inaugural vintage of Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Tchelistcheff continue to mentor Davis until his death in 1994. Davis’s role expanded into working with grower vineyards during the phylloxera epidemic in the mid-1990s, when Jordan transitioned from estate bottled to purchasing grapes from local growers. Since then, he has managed both grower vineyards and winemaking, spending his mornings visiting a dozen Alexander Valley grape growers for Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon and a half-dozen Russian River Valley grape growers for Jordan Chardonnay—and his afternoons at the winery working with his production staff. Davis will continue to manage all grower vineyards and serve as a mentor and advisor to Kruse and assistant winemaker John Duckett on many aspects of winemaking—just as André Tchelistcheff did for him.

“At many wine companies, managing grape growers is a full-time job, and we are grateful for all of Rob’s work to lead both the winemaking and grower relations for so many decades,” said John Jordan, CEO and proprietor of Jordan Vineyard & Winery. “For family businesses like ours, leadership changes like this only come around two or three times in a century. This newly created position will allow Rob to focus entirely on grapegrowing while letting Maggie to take on more leadership responsibility after 13 years of dedication to the company.”

Kruse joined Jordan in 2006, not long after John Jordan took the reins from his father. She worked closely with Davis on wine quality improvement programs initiated by John Jordan in 2006, fine-tuning barrel and cork selections while Davis focused on finding even better vineyards for sourcing grapes. Kruse was promoted from enologist to assistant winemaker in 2009 and began overseeing all aspects of barrels and bottling. She also took over day-to-day management of the cellar that year.

Fermentation science runs deep in Kruse’s family. Her father spent his career brewing beer at Miller in Milwaukee, and she moved to California from Wisconsin right after high school graduation to pursue her winemaking studies. Kruse graduated from the University of California at Davis in 2005 and worked as an intern at J Vineyards & Winery before joining Jordan the following year.

Read full biographies for Rob and Maggie on our website.

Jordan Winery Debuts Cabernet Tasting Experience With Vineyard Tour

We’re excited to announce the official launch of a new Jordan Winery Chateau Block Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyard Tasting, which takes place at a new six-acre hilltop vineyard across from our iconic chateau, aptly named the Chateau Block. The highlight of this outdoor experience is a seated tasting at the edge of the vineyard, featuring three vintages of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon paired with charcuterie from Journeyman Meat Co., including two custom recipes created in collaboration with Jordan’s chef.

An aerial view of the newly planted Chateau Block Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard at Jordan Winery

After planting the new vineyard in summer 2018, winery owner John Jordan noticed a shady spot on the edge of the woods just above the grapevines with sweeping views of the Alexander Valley and its surrounding mountains, and the idea for this new tasting experience began to take shape.

“We’ve always wanted to take guests into the vineyard without getting into a car,” Jordan said. “This new vineyard not only holds great promise for future vintages of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon, but it allows us to offer a memorable outdoor tasting experience in less than two hours.”

Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon pouring into wine glass during new Chateau Block tasting

From the Chateau Block tasting area, guests can see the Alexander Valley, the slope of young grapevines, rolling hills of the 1,200-acre Jordan Estate and the rooftops of a distant property—the home of neighbor Pete Seghesio, owner of Journeyman Meat Co.—which made the decision to offer a curated cabernet sauvignon and charcuterie tasting a natural choice for the winery’s chef, Todd Knoll.

“It’s great to support our neighbors and fellow culinary craftspeople, but our connection goes beyond a share property line,” Knoll said. “Pete’s products are much more wine-friendly than others due to his fermentation style. They are the best salumi I’ve encountered for pairing with a higher-tannin wine like cabernet sauvignon. His roots in a historic wine family have guided his style of salumi making in a direction that is ideal for wine country.”

Overhead view of the salumis featured during the new Chateau Block Cabernet Sauvignon tasting

Knoll shared with Seghesio some of his favorite ingredients for cabernet food pairing, including cocoa powder, fennel, juniper and anise, which resulted in the berry-hued Jordan Salami Buio—only available during this tasting, at Jordan’s Wine & Charcuterie Tasting or as a special harvest offer in Journeyman’s Meat Club. A coppa made with Jordan Chardonnay, turmeric and white pepper became an unexpected favorite pairing with young and old vintages of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon, and beat out a third cured meat made with Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon for a spot on the Chateau Block Tasting charcuterie board. Journeyman’s Culatello, Finocchiona and Parmesan Porcini are also served on the tasting with Jordan vintages dating back to 2006.

The seasonal Chateau Block Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyard Tasting is offered by appointment only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from late June through October at 10:30 a.m. for $75 per person. Reservations can be booked online.

The planting of the Chateau Block in 2018 marked the first time Jordan planted a vineyard near its French-inspired chateau. The vineyard is home to 9,352 cabernet sauvignon grapevines planted in some of the estate’s rockiest soils. The hillside is so rocky that an estimated 4,000 tons of stones were moved to the edge of the vineyard during planting, creating an impressive 50-foot x 184-foot wall.

Learn more about our partnership with Journeyman Meat Co. in the latest issue of Wine Country Table magazine.

Infographic: Family Owned Wineries in Sonoma County and Napa Valley (1978-2019)

In 1978, six years after Tom and Sally Jordan founded Jordan Vineyard & Winery in the Alexander Valley, there were 180 wineries in existence in Sonoma County and the Napa Valley combined. So much has changed in the last forty years, not just in terms of the total number of wineries found in Wine Country, but also in terms of ownership. After years of reading headline after headline about another family winery selling to a wine group or corporation, we decided to dig into the data and discover exactly how many wineries have changed hands since the 1970s.

Of those 180 wineries, more than 150 are still in business today. Many were sold to corporations or purchased by new families when the founders retired or moved on. Only about one-third—62 wineries in total—are still owned today by the founding families. Jordan is proud to be part of this exclusive club, and with second-generation vintner John Jordan at the helm since 2005, the winery will continue its family ownership long into the future.

Trends in Family Owned Wineries Infographic

We created this infographic to show the fate of family-owned wineries in Napa and Sonoma over the last four decades.

Infographic Data:

Total Number of Wineries: 180

Still Owned by Founding Family: 62

Now Corporate Owned: 65

Closed: 26

Sold to a New Family: 28

Data compiled from independent research using Wines Vines Analytics.

 

Vineyard Photography: Grape Fruit Set Images during Summer

During the month of June, grapevine berries have formed and are beginning to grow. This critical time in the development of the vine is called the grape fruit set. The below photo gallery shows fruit set images at various stages.

Fruit set happens at slightly different times for white grapes and red grapes. The temperature of the wine region also plays a factor. For Jordan, chardonnay grapes grown in the cooler Russian River Valley tend to flower and set fruit in mid-May, around the same time that our merlot grapes flower in the warmer Alexander Valley. Cabernet sauvignon is a later-ripening grape variety and typically doesn’t flower until 2-4 weeks after early-ripening grapes.

The flowering of grapevines in the spring determines the number of berries that form and their size. Without consistent, moderate weather during flowering — also known as bloom — grape flowers cannot turn into berries and have what farmers call a great “set.” What winemakers and grape growers hope Mother Nature will deliver every May is moderately warm days with very little wind, no rain and no heat spikes. In this case, she grants their wish for both early- and late-ripening white and red grapes. But in inclement years during flowering, chardonnay, merlot and other early-ripening varieties don’t have a great fruit set. When May weather is a mix of cool days, rain showers and even heat waves, the bloom of grapevines will be uneven –some flowers won’t even pollinate– leading to fewer berries per cluster of fruit. But this transition from flowering to fruit set determines quantity, not quality. With a few chardonnay clusters in these grape fruit set photos, you’ll also see examples of what we call “hens and chicks,” where the they grow at different sizes due to inconsistent flowering times. You’ll also notice that a handful of the grape flowers that didn’t turn into berries are visible in the bottom-left photo.

Once the fruit sets, it goes through rapid cell development, expanding in size quickly. Before the end of July, red wine grapes will begin to change color, the next step in the life cycle of the grapevine called veraison. Geek out on fruit set in the vineyard with our other wine 101 blog.

Fruit Set Grape Images: Vineyard Photography

Lifecycle of a Vineyard: How Grape Flowers Timing and Leafing Effect Harvest

In the world of grape growing and vineyard management, the abundant fall harvest is generally what springs to mind. But the stages leading up to this yearly bounty are crucial factors to success. Grape flowers, or grape “flowering” in vineyard manager parlance, arrive in late spring, 40-80 days after bud break, depending on the temperatures and rain. To make their welcomed appearance, grape flowers need average daily temperatures to stay between 59-68 degrees Fahrenheit, generally sometime in May in Sonoma County. It’s during this stage of a grape’s lifecycle that pollination and fertilization occurs, with the results ultimately producing a cluster. To learn more about how spring weather influences bloom and fruit set, watch this fruit set video.

For fertilization to occur, unlike many other plants, the bees don’t have to buzz in the vineyards. Grapevines are hermaphroditic – they possess both male and female parts so, barring weather issues or pest invasions, grape flowers can transform into berries all by themselves. Read more about this process and the geeky science behind flowering.

What Can Affect a Grape Flower?

Jordan Winery Estate Petit Verdot grape flowers

Every vineyard manager wants an even fruit set, defined as when the fertilized flowers develop into a grape and then into picture-perfect clusters. But if the delicate grape flowers are exposed to rain, wind or cold temperatures, the dream of a beauty-pageant cluster can be dashed. Low temperatures can freeze the flowers or a heavy rain can wash them off. This unwanted result is called “shatter,” meaning the cluster grows without the ideal, tight shape with the berries differing in size. While this variation thankfully doesn’t affect the quality of the berries, it definitely affects their quantity. This article offers a photo gallery of various fruit sets and what a shattered cluster looks like.

Jordan Winery Estate grapes fruit set

Once the tiny berries appear, we begin our leaf pulling or thinning practice. This crucial activity allows for increased air movement within the vine’s canopy, as well as helps manage light penetration through the vines. The breezes help keep non-beneficial pests at bay and the dappled light helps prevent sunburned grapes which can negatively affect a wine’s flavor. To learn more about our leaf thinning program here at Jordan, watch this video: Leaf Vineyards to Prepare Grapevines for Ripening.

With the right practices and if Mother Nature cooperates, grapevines thrive, especially in the temperate and normally predictable weather of California. We’re fortunate to grow vineyards here but we pay a lot of attention to everything to maintain the highest quality standards. We know it shows in the bottle.

Five Ways Winemakers Made Great 2017 Chardonnay in Sonoma

With record rainfall and multiple heat waves, the 2017 vintage was full of surprises and challenges in Napa and Sonoma wine country. The high quality of the wines is a testament to the resilience and hardiness of grapevines during extreme weather, and to the determination and skill of the vineyard and cellar teams working together to make the best of a difficult situation. Here are five key practices that allowed California winemakers to craft great 2017 chardonnay despite uncooperative weather conditions.

Jordan chardonnay grapes on the vine
Jordan chardonnay grapes protected by leaf canopy on September 12.

Delayed Vineyard Leafing

The growing season started out beautifully. Record rainfall in the winter filled the drought-parched reservoirs and the water table recovered. April showers were plentiful, and flowering began in mid-May—three weeks later than the last few vintages due to cooler temperatures. Bloom conditions were normal, allowing an average-sized crop of grape clusters to form on Russian River Valley chardonnay. So far, so good. Then, three heat spikes hit Sonoma County in June and July, bringing temperatures from the mid-90s to well above 100 degrees. Clusters seized up over Father’s Day weekend, and the vines maintained small clusters without much increase in berry weight. We knew we had to take action to protect the fruit, so we made the tough decision to delay leafing of the canopy. The additional shade this provided helped to cool the grapes and prevent sunburn.

Jordan Russian River Valley chardonnay vineyard drone photo
A Russian River Valley vineyard that grows grapes for Jordan Chardonnay.

Irrigation of the Grapevines

August days were blessedly cool, with ideal foggy mornings and night temperatures that dipped into the mid-50s. But over Labor Day weekend, just after our chardonnay harvest kicked off, another heat wave hit and temperatures reached well into the triple digits. Sugars in the fruit climbed due to dehydration, and the vines fought to retain enough water to stay alive. We made a quick decision to begin a judicious amount of irrigation to help rehydrate them without compromising flavor concentration. Fortunately, the brutal heat was contained in a few days, and our irrigation efforts did the trick. Grapes tested at Jordan just after the heat spell showed very high sugar readings, but two days later, sugar levels dropped back to their normal rate of maturation.

While irrigation can help cool the fruit and bring much-needed moisture to the plants, there is a limit to what a grapevine can endure. Once the stomates (microscopic openings or pores in the plant leaves) close to prevent water loss through the leaves, respiration and photosynthesis shut down. Maturation is essentially stunted until weather conditions improve. If the heat continues day after day, then the vine aborts the fruit in a last ditch effort to survive.

2017 vintage chardonnay grapes Jordan Winery
2017 Jordan Chardonnay grapes in September.

Patience with Picking Grapes

When an extreme heat wave hits, there’s a temptation to rush and pick the grapes before further damage is done. This is not the ideal approach, since the grapes are not yet fully developed. Our growers always get anxious to pick when challenging weather conditions arise, and my usual response is to take care of the fruit through the heat and wait for the vines to work their magic. And so we resisted the urge to harvest early and rode out the heat wave. This allowed the grapes to reach their full maturity.

Chardonnay grape cluster counting
Sampling 2017 Jordan Chardonnay grapes.

Sacrificing Quantity for Quality

The 2017 vintage was a reminder that quality winemaking requires sacrifice. In order to retain our high standards of quality and flavor, we declassified most of the hard press juice—about one-third of our production—to ensure that the 2017 chardonnay retained its brightness and fresh fruit aromas and flavors. The clusters were small, about 25 percent below normal weight and additional clusters were lost when the stressed vines aborted some of the fruit during the Labor Day heat wave. Juice yields were about 10 percent below normal, but the flavors were clean, showing no ill effects of sunburn—with bright aromas and crisp flavors of apple, pear and peach. As a result, we bottled about one-third less Jordan Chardonnay in 2017 than in a typical vintage.

row of French oak wine barrels at Jordan Winery
French oak barrels ready to be filled with young wines.

Diligence in Winemaking

Due to the effects of the hot weather, diligence continued in the cellar, where were worked to uplift the fruit and soften the edges. Bitterness in the finish of the wine is a natural result of a season where the fruit is exposed to excessive heat, and despite our efforts to eliminate any juice from the press that tasted bitter, we still detected a hint of bitterness in the finish of the wine that we didn’t want. During the fermentation, however, that last bitter note disappeared in the juice, settling to the bottom of the barrel in the lees. Obviously, we would not want to re-introduce a bitter note back into the wine, so batonnage, or stirring of the lees, was eliminated in our winemaking for 2017. I am truly proud of how our team tackled the challenges Mother Nature handed us to make a beautifully balanced 2017 chardonnay. When we tasted the wine out of barrel after five months, we were sampling startled at how good the wine tasted. The finished wine surpassed all of our efforts at crafting a beautifully balanced, fruit-forward chardonnay. The 2017 Jordan Chardonnay displays inviting aromas of honeysuckle and lemon peel, leading to bright flavors of stone fruits and citrus. The palate is elegant yet succulent, with layers of oak-laced lemon, pears, quince and white peach—all supported by uplifting acidity.

 

Learn more about the 2017 Jordan Chardonnay.

Five Things That Made 2015 a Classic Vintage for Cabernet Sauvignon

Following three exceptional harvests, the 2015 vintage experienced more difficult weather conditions, but great vineyards prevail during these climatic challenges. In years like this, it is especially important to pay meticulous attention to farming practices and vineyard site selection in order to craft elegant, perfectly balanced wines. Five main factors played a key role in making classic 2015 Cabernet Sauvignons in Sonoma and Napa—and for Jordan in particular—despite the curveballs Mother Nature pitched our way.

Alexander Valley vineyards vista
The view from a prized hilltop vineyard for Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Meticulous Viticulture Assured Great Quality

Mild spring weather resulted in an early bud break, with grapevines emerging from dormancy three weeks ahead of a typical growing season. Temperatures remained warm in March and April, mitigating any frost threats, and it looked like the vintage was off to a great start. But when early May arrived, the weather took a dramatic turn. Suddenly, it seemed more like February than the end of spring, and unusually cool, damp days lingered the first two weeks of the month when fertilization of the grapevines’ flowers was occurring. This caused shatter in the forming clusters, which led to fewer flowers on the grapevines developing into berries. Sometimes a smaller crop is not a bad thing. Fewer and smaller clusters can provide more concentration in the wine, as long as the vine growth is balanced. But too many times, when nature takes a bite from the vineyard in terms of crop size, the grower has to work diligently to maintain the balance of vigor in the vine. “Undercropped” vines in years like 2015 require vigorous canopy management to get the vine to focus on their grape clusters rather than the excess growth of the canopy. It all comes down to achieving physiological maturity in the fruit.

The cool weather also led to uneven flowering and fruit set in some of Jordan’s Alexander Valley vineyards. Because uniformity of the clusters is key to growing exceptional fruit and making great wines, I asked all of our growers to drop any flower clusters still hanging while they completed hand-leafing of the canopies. Fruit set was so prolonged that I wanted to ensure any latent clusters that were less mature than the rest were removed. Because Mother Nature didn’t cooperate, we had to sacrifice some of our precious crop to bring the vintage back into balance. Fortunately, warm weather soon returned and remained throughout the summer, helping the vines ripen their reduced crop.

small grape clusters on gondola
Small cabernet clusters on a gondola at harvest.

Smaller Berries Brought More Concentration

The growing season was free of major heat spikes until September, when temperatures climbed above 100 degrees. Extremely hot weather makes winemakers and growers uneasy, because it causes vines to shut down and withdraw water from the clusters to help them survive. The heat fluctuations, coupled with the cold weather during flowering, resulted in grape cluster weights being down 20-30 percent from normal. All the work prior to the harvest maintaining the balance between the canopy and the bearing fruit came literally to fruition when we chose the timing of our pick for 2015 cabernet sauvignon, which ensured that the small berries retained their concentrated flavors.

Jordan merlot grapes in bin at harvest
Freshly picked merlot grapes, an important part of the Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon master blend.

Fruit Quality Was Excellent

The September heat wave lingered throughout the first half of the month, accelerating sugar levels in the grapes and speeding up harvest dates. It was a scramble during the last five days of harvest to get all the ripened fruit into the winery, when much-welcomed cool weather moved in. The last grapes made their way through the hopper and into our fermentation room on September 28, making the 40th vintage at Jordan one of the earliest-finishing harvests in our history. Despite low yields, the quality of the fruit was superb. The cabernet displayed deep, rich, blackberry and cherry aromas with a concentration of tannin provided by the vintage’s uniquely small berries.

Jordan cabernet sauvignon wine bottles in a row
Jordan’s Bordeaux-inspired Cabernet Sauvignon through the decades.

The Cooler Vintage Lent Itself to Silky, Bordeaux-Style Wines

The overall coolness of the 2015 vintage lent itself perfectly to crafting beautifully balanced, Bordeaux-style cabernets—Jordan’s house style since the winery was founded. The 2015 Jordan Cabernet is pure elegance in a glass, with aromas of black cherries, pomegranate, dried cranberries and a hint of graphite. Its lovely, silky texture coats the palate with layers of black cherries and a touch of cedar from French oak’s fine tannins. From beginning to end, the balance carries all the way through.

Jordan wine barrel inspection
Associate Winemaker Maggie Kruse inspects new French oak barrels for 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon.

All French Oak Elevated the 2015 Vintage’s Structure

Aging entirely in French oak barrels for the first time in Jordan’s history played a pivotal role in this wine. Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon historically was aged in a 50-50 mix of French and American oak barrels, as a tribute to the wine’s European inspiration and American roots. However, in 2005, when John Jordan took the reins from his parents to become the winery’s CEO, we set a plan in motion to transition to entirely French oak barrels to better complement the shift in the winery’s vineyard sourcing away from valley-floor fruit. The proof is in our 2015 Cabernet, which exudes a great fruit character and fine structure that French oak supports and elevates—a truly classic vintage. Read the full story behind our transition from French-American to all French oak barrel aging.

Learn more about the 2015 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon.