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The Best Years for Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon Back to the 1976 Vintage

What are the best years for Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon? This is a question often asked by wine collectors, as well as those who have been holding onto a special bottle from an anniversary or birth year. Because Jordan has been making wine since 1976, there are many great vintages in both our memories and our library, but we asked long-time winemaker and baseball lover Rob Davis, who retired in 2019, to whittle down the best years for Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon over 44 years into one list. Consider this his Jordan Hall of Fame. (New wines will be added to this post upon release.)

The below sensory notes and comments were compiled from technical tastings over the last few years, which are also useful for updating the Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage Chart & When To Drink Guide for our fans. Vintage wine is a living thing that evolves over time, and every palate finds its own set of charms in each wine. If you open one of these bottles, please tag us @jordanwinery to let us know if you agree with our notes.

Best Jordan Cabernet Years: Old Vintage Wines & Recent Releases

1978 Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

1978 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

1978 was considered a great vintage across the region. After a cold, wet spring, warm weather prevailed. Despite two previous years of drought, the crop in Alexander Valley was bountiful and of exceptionally high quality. Though 1978 was a classic year for cabernet, four decades is a long time for red wine to live. As expected, the 1978 Jordan Cabernet is beyond peak maturity. It presents shy notes of leather, tobacco and cedar with hints of cherry, spice and dust. While this wine still displays the charms of an old, classic Bordeaux-style red, Rob Davis prefers the 1979 for its aging merit.

1979 Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

1979 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

1979 yielded a smaller crop than 1978 and the wine was more concentrated, but less opulent. In its youth, the 1979 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon was considered a great wine for its fruit and finesse—assertive in fruit expression, yet well-rounded in bouquet. Decades later, the wine is desperately holding on to what is left of the once perfectly balanced components of acidity, fruit, alcohol and tannins. It has a lovely aged Bordeaux quality (leather, cherry, herbal tea, plums), and a still-lively palate with soft, silky tannins. While wines bottled in 750mL are past their peak, larger formats should be opened now.

1980 jordan cabernet

1980 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

This wine’s fine tannins, firm acidity and rich cherry fruit characters have made it one of Jordan’s longest-lived vintages. The 1980 growing season was long and cool, and the grapes enjoyed extended hang time that resulted in incredibly intense flavors. The vintage was also marked by huge tannins, so the softer Merlot fruit was essential in finding a harmonious balance. The 1980 vintage still flaunts ruby-red color and texture, and tastes 15 years younger than it is. Some delicate red fruits and spices still linger on the soft palate, where the acid and tannins live on. The 750mL, 3L and 6L formats should be enjoyed now. Magnums are at their peak.

1985 jordan cabernet

1985 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

Rob Davis regards 1985 as the best vintage of the 1980s—a decade that included very few good years. Gorgeous weather in Alexander Valley produced ripe, rich and fleshy cabernets with superb balance. A nice, even growing season led to tremendous harmony both in the vineyards and the grapes. Though still a beauty on many levels, the 1985 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon is finally showing its age. Bottles stored under the best conditions show mature flavors of dried red fruit, leather and earth with hints of caramel. The 750mL is past its peak, and magnums, 3L and 6L formats should be uncorked now.

1990 jordan cabernet

1990 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

This was one of several excellent vintages in the 1990s, including 1990-1992, 1994, and especially 1995 and 1997. The combination of ideal weather and healthy, maturing grapevines produced a remarkable wine that was big and lush, yet balanced. Aside from a slightly reduced crop due to spring rain, 1990 was an ideal growing season. The wine is still lively, with dried cherry and plum aromas in the foreground, backed by forest floor, eucalyptus, tobacco and tea. The finish is long, silky, complex and complete. All bottle formats are drinking beautifully and ready to enjoy.

1991 Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

1991 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

Considered a classic vintage due to the growing conditions, 1991 presented no weather extremes. A late harvest allowed great depth of fruit and complex tannins to develop in Jordan’s Alexander Valley estate vineyards, from which this wine was exclusively made. The wine still offers notes of dried herbs, cassis and plum, with supple tannins and moderate acidity. Drink the 750mL and 1.5L now, as they are just past peak maturity. The 3L and 6L should also be opened now, but will hold for a couple more years.

1992 Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

1992 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

Considered an opulent vintage, this wine benefited from ideal, warm weather during the growing season. The 1992 harvest was early and warm, with very little rain. The grapes in Jordan’s valley floor estate vineyards ripened quickly, offering layers of red and black fruit flavors. Aromas of black cherry, plum, nutmeg, and a hint of fennel are rounded out by perfumed cassis with a bouquet of French oak. Drink the 750mL and 1.5L now, while at peak maturity. The 3L and 6L are also excellent now, and should be decanted 20 to 30 minutes before drinking.

1994 Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

1994 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

The long, cool harvest season allowed this cabernet to fully develop its varietal character through extended hang time. A long harvest occurred due to cold nights late in the growing season, which prolonged ripening and allowed the fruit to reach optimal sugar levels. Acidity in the juice was low due to the extra time on the vine, but it increased due to the tannic acid in the skins by the time the wine was pressed. The 1994 Jordan Cabernet is just past its peak but still beautifully rounded and balanced with aromas of red cherry, light black fruits and sweet floral notes. Magnums, 3L and 6L formats should be enjoyed now.

1995 Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

1995 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

At the time of release, this Bordeaux-like wine reminded Rob Davis of the hands of a surgeon—strong and well-coordinated, yet delicate. A long harvest due to cold nights late in the growing season prolonged ripening and fruit concentration perfectly complemented the rich, supple tannins achieved by the long hang time. The 1995 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon still displays great balance between its persistent tannin structure and seemingly youthful acidity. Blackberry, cherry and cassis dominate the nose and are amply confirmed on the palate with the addition of cedar and a hint of anise. Drink 750mL bottles now (decant 15 minutes before enjoying). Larger formats are approaching peak drinkability.

1997 jordan cabernet

1997 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

This wine’s Sonoma County designation reflects the broader grape sourcing used during the replanting of Jordan’s estate vineyard after phylloxera devastated Northern California vineyards. 1997 was a generous vintage that provided a bounty of stunning fruit—intensely aromatic and layered with lush, dense flavors. Harvest began a month early with grapes picked at a frantic pace. The fruit was intensely aromatic, layered with blackberry, chocolate and cassis. At full maturity, the 1997 Jordan Cabernet presents flavors of black cherry, strawberry, herbs and cedar. With ripe and supple tannins, the wine is at its peak in 750mL and 1.5L. 3L and 6L bottles can hold for three to five more years.

1999 jordan cabernet

1999 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

1999 marked the first harvest from Jordan’s estate hillside vineyards. Overall cluster weights were 40% lower than normal due to tiny, intensely flavored berries. Continuing to showcase a great structure and polished tannins, the wine is rich and silky on the palate, with concentrated aromas of black cherry, blackberry and cassis. Layers of dark fruit flavors are integrated with smooth tannins and an attractive freshness for its age. Fresh and bright out of the bottle—a real Jordan powerhouse—the 1999 is now at its peak. Drink 750mL bottles now through 2021, 1.5L now through 2025, 3L through 2030 and 6L through 2035.

2002 Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2002 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

Arguably this decade’s greatest vintage, 2002 marks Jordan’s return to the Alexander Valley appellation after replanting its estate vineyard due to phylloxera. The vintage was characterized by fruit uniformity due to an excellent growing season tempered by a lack of extreme heat or rain. Overall, it was a wonderful season which produced a layered, textured cabernet sauvignon. The 2002 still tastes quite young, displaying aromas of red cherries, dried herbs and a hint of white pepper. The palate is silky and round, exuding layers of black cherry and blackberry flavors seamlessly integrated with smooth tannins. Dried cherry and jasmine tea flavors linger on the finish. Drink 750mL bottles now through 2022. Enjoy or cellar magnums through 2030.

2007 jordan cabernet

2007 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2007 vintage was a winemaker’s dream. A smaller crop yielded more concentrated flavors in the grapes, and moderate temperatures allowed the fruit to mature slowly, resulting in one of Jordan’s top vintages of the decade. Temperate conditions allowed the winery to pick pristine grapes over a six-week period, ensuring optimal maturity. The 2007 wine exudes beautiful, dense  blackberry and cassis aromas that echo through the mid-palate. A lush mouthfeel of well integrated, silky tannins and balanced acidity is accented by notes of vanilla and cedar. Drink 750mL bottles now or cellar through 2027. Larger formats can hold from 2035 to 2056.

2009 jordan cabernet

2009 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

Rob Davis was ecstatic about this vintage, which combined an excellent Alexander Valley growing season with Jordan’s new direction for fruit sourcing. Enticing aromas of blackberry, cassis, oak spices and cedar carry through a textured, silky palate with smooth tannins from French oak aging. The 2009 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon is still showing some youthful acidity and dark fruit after years of age. Enjoy 750mL bottles through 2028, 1.5L bottles through 2034 and 3L bottles through 2042.

2012 jordan cabernet

2012 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 was truly a phenomenal growing season, resulting in one of the most complex Jordan Cabernet Sauvignons to date. The vintage validated Jordan’s decision to elevate the black-fruit intensity in the wines without abandoning the house style, culminating in an incredibly complex, balanced wine. The 2012 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon has concentrated aromas of blackberries and black cherries with an inviting hint of cedar. Its silky palate is plush yet poised, boasting a beautiful balance of black fruit and fine tannin structure. The finish is lively, lingering and laced with ripe dark fruits. The wine tastes incredible in magnum now and will continue to reward collectors for decades.

2013 jordan cabernet

2013 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the warmest, driest and earliest growing seasons on record, 2013 had moderate weather throughout summer, allowing the grapes to develop intense, concentrated flavors with lots of structure. Exceptionally rich and complex, the wine has intense aromas of cassis, black currants, blackberries and ripe cherries with a lovely floral note. The palate is rich and seductive, with concentrated flavors of blackberries and cassis, interwoven with fine tannins from new French oak barrels. Its masculine structure is harnessed by a balance of acidity and dark fruits with a long, cassis-laced finish. This is a highly collectible vintage to be enjoyed now or cellared through 2032.

2014 jordan cabernet

2014 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

The third in a string of exceptional vintages, the 2014 is an opulent yet elegant wine that captures the essence of Alexander Valley. This balanced, Bordeaux-style wine’s perfume of blackberries and black cherries mingles with subtle oak notes. The palate has a velvety richness that coats the mouth in concentrated flavors of blackberries and cassis, laced with fine tannins from seamlessly integrated, new French oak. Enticing flavors of chocolate, violets and dark fruits linger on the long finish. Enjoy now or cellar through 2033.

2016 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

The even years in the last decade continue to impress us. Even though 2016 flaunts our hallmark silky-smooth style at an early age, this vintage has the fine tannins, intense fruit and acid backbone to live for 20-30 years in 750mL bottles. Black cherries, black currants and spice box notes carry from the aromas through the palate. The silky tannins lead to lingering black cherry notes on the long finish. Combining elegance and intensity, 2016 is a fitting vintage to celebrate 40 years of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon. Decant for 30 minutes if enjoying now, or cellar through 2035. **This wine does not release until May 1, 2020. It will, however, be available on pre-sale in February 2020.**

Jordan’s oldest vintage wines—especially those from the 1970s, 1980s and into the mid-`90s—are not listed for sale on Jordan’s website due to limited quantities. For current availability information, please call us at 800-654-1213 or email us, if you can’t find the wine online.

 

Fun Things to Do in Healdsburg: Find The Best Jordan Experience Infographic

We know how it is when you’re trying to find fun things to do in Healdsburg. Some days, you’re all about the wine; others, you just want to get outside among the vines. Here at Jordan, we offer an array of experiences by appointment to satisfy the outdoor, food or wine lover in you. To help you find the Jordan wine experience that’s best for you, we created this “Choose Your Own Adventure”-style infographic. Peruse your options, from casual tastings to guided hikes to culinary immersion.

A formal library wine tasting in Jordan’s cellar room leads you down the road to vinous exploration, an epicurean excursion among the hills of our Alexander Valley estate vineyard will delight all your senses, and bring friends to special events like our Vineyard Hikes and Big Bottle Dinner Party at the vine-covered Winery Château to have the experience of the year. Whatever your mood, we’ve got you covered.

Fun Things to Do in Healdsburg: Find Your Jordan Wine Experience Infographic

Fun Things to do in Healdsburg at Jordan Infographic

More information about private food and wine pairings can be found in the Jordan Estate Rewards loyalty program overview on our website.

Dinner parties, hikes and other lunches can be found on the Jordan Winery events calendar.

All tours and tastings are available to be booked online the Jordan Winery visit page with CellarPass.

Jordan Winery Compilation Video: Celebrating 10 Years of Bloopers & Wine Videos

And just like that–it’s been 10 years since Jordan Winery launched its in-house video storytelling program and started shooting. Needless to say, we’ve come a long way. Our first video premiered on January 15, 2010. Our videos have evolved from talking heads, diaries and how-to demonstrations into music video parodies, party invitations and more.

In the spirit of nostalgia, we’ve created a compilation video featuring 10 years of video bloopers, outtakes and highlights. We hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane.

Do you have a favorite Jordan video? If so, please leave us a comment. We look forward to sharing more funny anniversary videos with you in 2020. Happy holidays to all of you.

Who Drank the Most Cabernet and Chardonnay in 2019? A Jordan Winery Chart of U.S. Wine Consumption

Crunching end-of-year sales numbers is a big task for most businesses, including Jordan Winery. A few years ago, we decided to start sharing this vinous data with our fans. In the spirit of competition, here’s our latest chart of U.S. wine consumption by state, which ranks who drank the most Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon and Jordan Chardonnay in 2019. Past wine consumption reports for 2018, 2017 and 2016 follow in descending order.

How did your home state do? Did you move up or down in the rankings compared last year? One of the big winners again this year is Texas, which moved up one more spot in the most cabernet sauvignon purchased in 2019, clinching the number 2 spot. New York moved down two spots to number 4, and Pennsylvania dropped 11, so it’s time to start drinking, East Coast friends. Chardonnay did not see too much of a change at the top of the rankings from previous years, but Missouri and Utah posted the biggest gains. Observations on which states had the most significant changes are included in each ranking list, so be sure to see if your home state made a big move.

Figures included are based on total cases sold January 1-November 30 each each. (December numbers won’t be available until mid-January). Thank you for drinking Jordan and making it a great year. Raising a glass to you all in 2020!

Map of how much Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon was drank by state

Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon U.S. Wine Consumption by State 2019

Observations from the previous year: The battle for runner-up continues, with Texas ousting New York to take back the number 2 spot—which New York took from the Longhorn State in 2018. Nevada and Illinois continue to fight for sixth and seventh place, with Nevada gaining the upper hand this year. Same for Connecticut and Arizona trading the 11th and 12th rankings. Big winners for the year are Tennessee, Utah, Arkansas, Washington and Mississippi, who all jumped several spots in Jordan wine consumption. Virginia, Ohio, Oregon and Washington posted disappointing numbers compared to 2018—each dropped 3-6 spots.  Good thing our 40th anniversary vintage of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon releases in 2020. It’s definitely one to uncork. 

  1. California

  2. Texas

  3. New Jersey

  4. New York

  5. Florida

  6. Nevada

  7. Illinois

  8. Massachusetts

  9. Colorado

  10. Georgia

  11. Connecticut

  12. Arizona

  13. North Carolina

  14.  Tennessee

  15. Louisiana

  16. Missouri

  17. Virginia

  18. Hawaii

  19. Ohio

  20. Michigan

  21. Minnesota

  22. South Carolina

  23. Utah

  24. District of Columbia

  25. Arkansas

  26. Washington

  27. Indiana

  28. Mississippi

  29. Maryland

  30. Oregon

  31. Alabama

  32.  Rhode Island

  33. Kansas

  34. Wyoming

  35. Wisconsin

  36. Kentucky

  37. Pennsylvania

  38. Oklahoma

  39. Idaho

  40. Nebraska

  41. New Mexico

  42. Montana

  43. Iowa

  44. Delaware

  45. North Dakota

  46. Alaska

  47. West Virginia

  48. New Hampshire

  49.  Vermont

  50. South Dakota

  51. Maine

Map of how much Jordan Chardonnay was drank by state

Jordan Chardonnay U.S. Wine Consumption by State 2019

Observations from 2018 to 2019: While there were no changes in the top four, Massachusetts moved up to number five, overtaking New Jersey, and Georgia moved to two spots to number 8, knocking Colorado—John Jordan’s home state—back to number 10. Missouri, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Utah, Arkansas, Indiana, Wyoming, Kansas, New Hampshire, Alaska and Vermont also rose multiple spots on the chart. Thank you!  Chardonnay lovers in Connecticut, Virginia, North Carolina, Minnesota, Alabama, Oregon, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Iowa and Delaware need to start drinking; your states slipped in the ranking with Alabama and Oregon both dropping seven spots. Have you moved onto Grenache Blanc or Sauvignon Blanc? Leave us a comment. We’d love to know.

  1. California

  2. Texas

  3. Florida

  4. New York

  5. Massachusetts

  6. New Jersey

  7. Nevada

  8. Georgia

  9. Illinois

  10. Colorado

  11. Arizona

  12. Louisiana

  13.  Hawaii

  14. Missouri

  15. Connecticut

  16.  South Carolina

  17. Virginia

  18. North Carolina

  19. Michigan

  20. Minnesota

  21. District of Columbia

  22. Ohio

  23. Rhode Island

  24. Utah

  25. Washington

  26. Tennessee

  27. Arkansas

  28. Indiana

  29. Alabama

  30. Maryland

  31. Oklahoma

  32. Mississippi

  33. Wyoming

  34. Oregon

  35. Kansas

  36. New Hampshire

  37. Kentucky

  38. New Mexico

  39. Wisconsin

  40. Pennsylvania

  41. Montana

  42.  Alaska

  43. Delaware

  44. Idaho

  45. Nebraska

  46. Iowa

  47. Vermont

  48. West Virginia

  49.  North Dakota

  50. South Dakota

  51. Maine

Which States Drank the Most Jordan Cabernet and Chardonnay in 2018

Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon Map: Who Drank the Most by State 2018

Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon U.S. Wine Consumption by State 2018

Observations on changes from 2017 to 2018: New York ousted Texas for the number 2 ranking! Virginia jumped seven spots, Massachusetts and Nevada traded places in the top 10 and Nebraska moved up four spots on the list. Arizona also inched up two spots, while Hawaii and Wisconsin moved down four spots.

  1. California

  2. New York

  3. Texas

  4. New Jersey

  5. Florida

  6. Illinois

  7. Nevada

  8. Massachusetts

  9. Colorado

  10. Georgia

  11. Arizona

  12. Connecticut

  13. Virginia

  14. North Carolina

  15. Ohio

  16. Louisiana

  17. Missouri

  18. Tennessee

  19. Hawaii

  20. Michigan

  21. Minnesota

  22. South Carolina

  23. District of Columbia

  24. Oregon

  25. Indiana

  26. Pennsylvania

  27. Utah

  28. Maryland

  29. Arkansas

  30. Wisconsin

  31. Washington

  32. Alabama

  33. Rhode Island

  34. Mississippi

  35. Kansas

  36. Wyoming

  37. Kentucky

  38. Idaho

  39. New Mexico

  40. Oklahoma

  41. Nebraska

  42. Montana

  43. North Dakota

  44. Iowa

  45. Delaware

  46. West Virginia

  47. Alaska

  48. New Hampshire

  49. Maine

  50. Vermont

  51. South Dakota

Jordan Chardonnay Map: Who Drank the Most by State 2018

Jordan Chardonnay U.S. Wine Consumption by State 2018

Observations on changes from 2017 to 2018: Oklahoma was the bigger winner, jumping seven spots, but both Connecticut and Alabama gained an impressive five, and Washington state climbed four spots. Nevada and Illinois traded spots in the top 10. Chardonnay lovers in New Hampshire and Nebraska need to start drinking–your states both slipped four spots in the ranking.

  1. California

  2. Texas

  3. Florida

  4. New York

  5. New Jersey

  6. Massachusetts

  7. Nevada

  8. Colorado

  9. Illinois

  10. Georgia

  11. Arizona

  12. Connecticut

  13. Louisiana

  14. Hawaii

  15. Virginia

  16. North Carolina

  17. Missouri

  18. Minnesota

  19. Michigan

  20. South Carolina

  21. District of Columbia

  22. Alabama

  23. Ohio

  24. Washington

  25. Rhode Island

  26. Tennessee

  27. Oregon

  28. Utah

  29. Oklahoma

  30. Maryland

  31. Indiana

  32. Arkansas

  33. Mississippi

  34. New Mexico

  35. Wisconsin

  36. Pennsylvania

  37. Kentucky

  38. Wyoming

  39. Kansas

  40. Delaware

  41. Iowa

  42. Idaho

  43. Montana

  44. New Hampshire

  45. Nebraska

  46. Maine

  47. Alaska

  48. South Dakota

  49. North Dakota

  50. Vermont

  51. West Virginia

Which States Drank the Most Jordan Cabernet and Chardonnay in 2017

Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon Case Consumption by State Map

Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon U.S. Wine Consumption by State 2017:

  1. California

  2. Texas

  3. New York

  4. New Jersey

  5. Florida

  6. Illinois

  7. Massachusetts

  8. Nevada

  9. Colorado

  10. Georgia

  11. North Carolina

  12. Connecticut

  13. Arizona

  14.  Minnesota

  15. Hawaii

  16. Louisiana

  17. Ohio

  18. Michigan

  19. Missouri

  20. Virginia

  21. Tennessee

  22. South Carolina

  23. Oregon

  24. District Colombia

  25. Pennsylvania

  26. Wisconsin

  27. Indiana

  28. Washington

  29. Maryland

  30. Arkansas

  31. Utah

  32. Alabama

  33. Rhode Island

  34. Mississippi

  35. Kansas

  36. Wyoming

  37. Oklahoma

  38. Kentucky

  39. New Mexico

  40. Idaho

  41. Montana

  42. Delaware

  43. Alaska

  44. Nebraska

  45. North Dakota

  46. Iowa

  47. New Hampshire

  48. West Virginia

  49. Vermont

  50. South Dakota

  51. Maine (N/A)

 

Jordan Chardonnay Case Consumption by State Map

Jordan Chardonnay U.S. Wine Consumption by State 2017:

  1. California

  2. Texas

  3. Florida

  4. New York

  5. New Jersey

  6. Massachusetts

  7. Illinois

  8. Colorado

  9. Nevada

  10. Georgia

  11. Arizona

  12. Hawaii

  13. Louisiana

  14. Missouri

  15. Connecticut

  16. Virginia

  17. North Carolina

  18. Minnesota

  19. Michigan

  20. South Carolina

  21. District of Colombia

  22. Rhode Island

  23. Tennessee

  24. Indiana

  25. Ohio

  26. Alabama

  27. Oregon

  28. Washington

  29. Maryland

  30. New Mexico

  31. Utah

  32. Mississippi

  33. Arkansas

  34. Kansas

  35. Wisconsin

  36. Oklahoma

  37. Wyoming

  38. Pennsylvania

  39. Delaware

  40. Kentucky

  41. New Hampshire

  42. Nebraska

  43. Idaho

  44. Montana

  45. Alaska

  46. Iowa

  47. North Dakota

  48. West Virginia

  49. Vermont

  50. South Dakota

  51. Maine (N/A)

 

Which States Drank the Most Jordan Cabernet and Chardonnay in 2016

Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon Consumption Ranking by State (DC included):

  1. California

  2. Texas

  3. New York

  4. New Jersey

  5. Florida

  6. Illinois

  7. Massachusetts

  8. Nevada

  9. Colorado

  10. Georgia

  11. Connecticut

  12. Arizona

  13. North Carolina

  14. Louisiana

  15. Virginia

  16. Missouri

  17. Ohio

  18. Minnesota

  19. Michigan

  20. Hawaii

  21. Tennessee

  22. Oregon

  23. South Carolina

  24. Indiana

  25. District Colombia

  26. Wisconsin

  27. Pennsylvania

  28. Maryland

  29. Arkansas

  30. Alabama

  31. Washington

  32. Rhode Island

  33. Utah

  34. Mississippi

  35. Kentucky

  36. Kansas

  37. Wyoming

  38. Idaho

  39. New Mexico

  40. Oklahoma

  41. Nebraska

  42. Iowa

  43. Montana

  44. Alaska

  45. Delaware

  46. New Hampshire

  47. North Dakota

  48. West Virginia

  49. Vermont

  50. Maine

  51. South Dakota

Jordan Chardonnay Consumption Ranking by State (DC included):

  1. California

  2. Texas

  3. New York

  4. Florida

  5. New Jersey

  6. Massachusetts

  7. Illinois

  8. Nevada

  9. Colorado

  10. Georgia

  11. Arizona

  12. Connecticut

  13. North Carolina

  14. Louisiana

  15. Virginia

  16. Missouri

  17. Hawaii

  18. Minnesota

  19. Ohio

  20. Michigan

  21. Tennessee

  22. South Carolina

  23. Oregon

  24. District of Colombia

  25. Indiana

  26. Alabama

  27. Maryland

  28. Rhode Island

  29. Washington

  30. Arkansas

  31. Wisconsin

  32. Pennsylvania

  33. Utah

  34. Kansas

  35. Mississippi

  36. Kentucky

  37. Wyoming

  38. New Mexico

  39. Oklahoma

  40. Idaho

  41. Iowa

  42. Delaware

  43. Nebraska

  44. Montana

  45. Alaska

  46. New Hampshire

  47. North Dakota

  48. West Virginia

  49. Vermont

  50. Maine

  51. South Dakota

A Farewell Letter from Rob Davis (Jordan Winemaker, 1976-2019)

When I was hired by the brand new and unknown Jordan Winery in 1976, who knew that my six-week internship would last more than 43 years? My whole life has been well-defined by serendipity. Born to wonderful parents that provided a nice stepping stone to the University of California at Davis, I arrived at college with the plan of being pre-med but was paired with a fun-loving roommate who was majoring in enology. I had no idea that the competitive mecca for future doctors was also the home of one of the great schools for viticulture and winemaking. Friendships with fellow students, as well as professors, became eternal.

After college graduation, it was a most serendipitous moment to have met Tom and Sally Jordan, who introduced me to André Tchelistcheff, one of the most amazing persons I have ever met— someone who left a profound and everlasting imprint on my life. With more than 50 harvests of experience, André immersed me in his European approach to winemaking rather than the more conventional style that was lauded by the local critics. From the first vintage of 1976, the Jordans chose the lofty goal of a less common wine style: a style to rival the great grands crus of Bordeaux and later Burgundy. In the process of crafting the wines for Tom and Sally Jordan, as a winemaker, I was greatly challenged by the terroir of the estate fruit from our valley floor vineyard off Lytton Station Road. We prevailed in the cellar, however, and the wines were well-received. Again, serendipity presented itself in the change of command in 2005. With John Jordan’s assent to opt for vineyards with better terroir, I was in heaven. I was able to apply all those lessons I learned in the vineyard with André. In the benchlands and hills of Alexander Valley, there were promising vineyards that could produce the intense fruit flavors that would be the base of a wine that could be favorably compared to a truly great Bordeaux. I felt so lucky to have the support of John to choose all of our grape sources. I am so thankful to the Jordan family, and especially for the last 14 years, working with John and a great team of winemakers to craft wines that are lauded for their elegance and balance.

Similar to wines that age, time does not stand still. With enormous pride, I am happy to see a winemaking team that has prospered for many years, and with their advanced winemaking skills, it is time for me to allow the room for this team to continue to grow. The truth is that I feel nothing but gratitude to the Jordan family for trusting me with their winemaking for four decades. Maggie Kruse has grown into an excellent winemaker, and I fully expect the wines to be even better under her supervision. Winemakers are very control-oriented; we have to be, and after 43 years of calling the shots, it was time to embark on a new journey of learning. I felt it was important that Maggie have complete control of all the winemaking and so much of winemaking is being out with the grape growers. All the growers love Maggie, and she will become even better in the vineyards and the wines will prosper under her exacting command. Certainly, 43 years as a winemaker for one family is very rare, and the fact that Maggie worked with me for 13 years is ample experience for her to take the helm. With Maggie and her team, along with our amazing growers, Jordan wine will get even better; indeed the future is very bright for Jordan Winery. And I feel I am leaving on a very high note—2019 was perhaps the best year I witnessed for fruit that had such intensity and balance; it’s truly an extraordinary vintage.

I am reminded of an observation by the Roman poet, Horace, “When one looks into a glass of water, they see one’s own face. But when one looks into a glass of wine, they see the heart of another.” So true. My career at Jordan has brought me many wonderful friends. And the constant yearning to learn more has not waned. In departing each time on his visits to Jordan, André would remark, “Every day I learn something new, my dear Sir.” Even at 90 years old, he shared his inquisitive nature with me. Earlier this year, I was at a wine conference in Cortina, Italy, and a winemaker from Sicily enthusiastically shared two of his wines with me: one from vines grown at the base of Mt. Etna on volcanic soil, the other from a vineyard closer to the ocean on alluvial soil. With more 1,000 varieties in Italy alone, I realize how vast the wine world is. There are so many different approaches to winemaking. My next journey follows André’s many lessons and desires of obtaining more knowledge. And if you ever met André, you could never move fast enough. Whether it was racking a tank or making an amendment to a wine lot, he would say, “You just got to, Man!” And I hear his voice today. I have many places to visit and friends to see, more lessons to learn; “I just got to!”

Whenever I open a bottle of Jordan, it will always be about the memories—of the growing season, the vineyards, the growers, my team, our coworkers, colleagues and our customers. I feel so blessed with so many great memories of times with all of you. God bless you all!

Our 2019 Grape Harvest Report & Scenes from Sonoma Crush

Mother Nature certainly put on a show for the Sonoma crush of 2019. It was a growing season bookended by flooding and wildfire—neither of which had a negative impact on our vineyards but branded the 2019 vintage as truly historical. I didn’t expect my first harvest as head winemaker to be filled with such twists and turns, but I’m very excited about the 2019 wines now resting in our oak tanks. Both the chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon tanks are showstoppers. Here’s a look at the 2019 growing season, our 2019 grape harvest and my first impressions of the wines.

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A late bud break for Alexander Valley cabernet sauvignon at Munselle Vineyards on April 3, 2019.

2019 Grape Growing Season Start

After record-breaking rainfall in the winter, a relatively cool spring followed, delaying bud break into late March and early April. With a later bud break and cool temperatures, we were on trend for a normal start time for harvest—well into September rather than the August harvest starts we experienced during the drought years. The biggest surprise early in the 2019 growing season was the two inches of rainfall in early May; this was very unseasonable for Northern California. Fortunately, many vineyards had not begun flowering due to the cool spring, so yields were not significantly impacted for chardonnay or Bordeaux varieties. With average temperatures throughout the summer, the grapes progressed very nicely.

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Russian River Valley chardonnay grapes before veraison.

Sacrificing Quantity for Flavor

By June, we could see that quite a heavy crop had formed, so we made an aggressive pass throughout the vineyards to drop any clusters that were falling behind their counterparts in maturity. This practice of thinning after fruit set is a sacrifice of quantity for flavor, allowing the vines to focus their energy on continuing to grow a more balanced, albeit smaller crop. In August during veraison, when the grapes start to turn color and soften, we went through each vineyard block again and dropped any clusters that were unevenly ripening and behind in maturity.

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Cabernet sauvignon grapes begin color change on July 31, 2019.

Optimal Harvest Timing for White and Red Grapes

During August vineyard visits, we noticed that our chardonnay grapes in Russian River Valley, in terms of maturity, were significantly ahead of the red grapes in Alexander Valley. Our winemaking team always prefers to harvest the majority of the chardonnay grapes before the cabernet harvest begins, so we can focus on picking and crushing the chardonnay long before dawn and turn our attention on tasting chardonnay juice and making barrel decisions. If the white and red grapes are ready to pick at the same time, we crush chardonnay at night and immediately move right into red grapes throughout the day. Some years, we get lucky where all of the chardonnay vineyards are ready to pick at the same time, and 2019 was one of those years. We began pressing the chardonnay grapes at 3 a.m. on September 12. When we tasted the first press sample of cold, crisp juice with intense fuji apple characters, we knew 2019 was going to be a great year for Jordan Chardonnay. The condition of the fruit was so beautiful with hardly any sunburn, so minimal fining was needed, and we simply let the purity of the fruit shine through. We finished the vast majority of the chardonnay pressing in six consecutive nights before the move into crushing the merlot and cabernet sauvignon. The pace of Sonoma crush 2019 was quite ideal–at first.

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Night-harvesting chardonnay grapes on September 23, 2019.

Mother Nature put on another show during harvest, and there was definitely a first and second act with a beautifully timed intermission, giving us time to make space in the fermentation room. Even the outside temperatures shifted dramatically in the middle of harvest. On September 25, the high was 103 degrees, and the next day, the high was only 69 degrees. Ready for Mother Nature’s second act, we began crushing merlot, the incredible fruit flavors and intensity had us all celebrating for what would be the second outstanding harvest in a row, where the weather was cooperating, the fruit tasted incredible, and the yields were above average.

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Scenes from the cabernet sauvignon harvest at Munselle Vineyards on October 2, 2019.

A Shift in Weather During Sonoma Crush 2019

As lead winemaker for the first time during harvest, I was both grateful and incredulous as I watched the weather reports, forecasting ideal temperatures for ripening grapes with no rain in sight. As the fruit came rolling into the winery in early October, we were notified of our first red flag warning where temperatures are warm, the humidity was incredibly low and the winds are dangerously high. Power shut-offs were also announced, but our Director of Operations Tim Spence was well prepared; he and his team filled up the water tank to supply our cellar cleaning needs, purchased extra fuel for the generators and switched all winery power over to our generators. Many of our growers called to confirm we could still continue with our regularly scheduled picks, and we assured them our generator was working well and we could keep on crushing. Many wineries in Alexander Valley do not have generators with enough power to run the crush equipment, so when some wineries were forced to cancel picks, our harvest dates were moved up in order to keep the vineyard crews busy. Surprisingly, the first power outage was beneficial for Jordan’s 2019 vintage, allowing our growers to pick grapes even faster than the normal pace, since they had all crews working on our blocks.

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A sunrise harvest for Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon at Munselle Vineyards on October 2, 2019.

The last of the grapes from Jordan’s 2019 crush made their way to the hopper on October 17. A few days after the commencement of harvest, we were again warned of a second planned power outage, but we already knew our generator could supply our pumps and presses with enough power, so we thought it would be business as usual. Mother Nature had other plans. On October 23, around 10 p.m., the Kincade fire started in a mountainous area several miles northeast of the winery, and the high winds quickly carried it into the heart of the Alexander Valley in Geyserville, putting many of our growers at risk. Our main concern was for the safety of the families that live on the properties, their homes and their farm animals and pets. Vineyards are a natural firebreak, so we knew the majority of the grapevines would be okay. Roads were quickly closed into Alexander Valley, but a small crew of us got around the barricade near the winery entrance before sunrise, so we could pump the tanks over and immediately close the tank lids to protect them from any smoke that would move toward Healdsburg. Even though the fire was still six miles from the winery and the wind was blowing from east to west, we couldn’t keep the ambient smoke from entering the cellar, so we were judicious about limiting the time each tank was open to ensure that smoke did not get into the tanks and taint the wine.

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The fermentation room at Jordan Winery.

A few days later, there was another high wind advisory, and winds were expected to be even higher than before. With a fire still burning in the rural mountains of Alexander Valley, authorities took no risks, and a mandatory evacuation was issued for all of Geyserville, Healdsburg and Windsor. Jordan Winery and the Jordan family residences were now in the evacuation zone. These are all towns are where the majority of our employees live, including myself. We all evacuated to different areas in the Bay Area—John Jordan and I were both at different hotels in San Francisco—but Tim Spence and his family decided to stay on property (while evacuated from their Windsor home). He kept the generators running and assisted first responders, giving them a place to rest and showing them the lake and the different private roads on the property that could aid in fighting wildfires. The first night was a nail-biter, as the fire threw embers all the way to West Soda Rock Lane, a dirt road that borders Jordan Estate to the east, but the firefighters fought back, and the fire continued to burn southeast, never reaching Jordan or the town of Healdsburg. (Read John Jordan’s blog about the harrowing week of the Kincade fire.)

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Tank sample tasting while a pump-over occurs in the background.

Desperately Seeking Pump-Overs

Evacuated with my family, I grew incredibly anxious. I knew we had done everything we could to avoid smoke taint in the wines, but we had two actively fermenting tanks that were in serious need of a pump-over to cool down the cap and blow off carbon dioxide—the byproduct of fermentation. Tim offered to help pump-over the tanks, and I was so grateful. We spoke on the phone and went over the quick logistics of how to conduct a pump-over, which Tim had watched a million times during his three decades working at Jordan, but never had done one himself. When Tim texted me that both tanks had been pumped-over, I replied, “How did they smell?” Tim’s response? “Delicious.” That was all I needed to hear! After three days of being glued to my iPhone while Tim pumped the tanks over for winemaking, I was able to obtain an agricultural pass for four of us to enter the evacuation zone and return to the winery: assistant winemaker John Duckett, our South African intern, cellar worker Dennis Luz and me. When we arrived at the winery, I quickly went through all of the tanks and assessed them, and they all smelled fantastic, albeit in desperate need of a pump-over. A day later, the mandatory evacuations were lifted, and our incredible cellar team returned to work and began pressing non-stop until we finished.

The 2019 vintage was quite the baptism for my first year as lead winemaker; it will definitely be a harvest I will never forget for many reasons, but when I think of the vintage as a whole, I can’t help but smile with a great sense of relief. I am relieved that our growers are safe with minimal damage to their properties. I am relieved that I have my first harvest as lead winemaker under my belt, and most importantly, I am relieved the wines are absolutely delicious.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.”

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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 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.

Find more wine country travel tips on our Wine Country Table blog.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.