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Going Against the Grain: Why Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon is Moving to 100 Percent French Oak after 40 Years
Behind the Scenes / Featured / What's New / March 31, 2017

Winemaking challenges come in many forms. There can be frost snaps in early spring that harm the grapevines’ vulnerable buds, untimely rains while harvesting thin-skinned grapes like chardonnay or the grudging tank of cabernet sauvignon […]


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A new twist to inspecting French oak barrels this winter
Behind the Scenes / Featured / What's New / December 18, 2015

A rhythmic sound echoes through the winery every winter before the holiday break: new French oak barrels being rolled into the cellar. After a long Transatlantic voyage that continued through the Panama Canal and up […]


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How oak barrels are selected for aging Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon
Behind the Scenes / March 17, 2011

Every fall, we begin the meticulous process of selecting oak barrels for our youngest vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon. Unlike many wineries, we don’t follow a recipe for which types of barrels we purchase each year. […]


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Cooperage trial tastings: which wine barrel producers make the cut
Behind the Scenes / April 15, 2010

Twice a year our winemaking team spends several weeks conducting a series of blind tastings to assess the merits of each cooperage from which we source barrels. Although we only work with the finest coopers, […]


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Saying goodbye to used barrels … but not for long
Behind the Scenes / March 12, 2010

Our recent post about the new barrel inspection process discussed the pristine barrels French and American cooperages deliver to our cellar door every winter. But only one-third of our Cabernet Sauvignon is aged in new oak […]


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New barrel inspections: testing every barrel and conserving water
Behind the Scenes / February 19, 2010

Every winter, new oak barrels from top cooperages in France and America arrive at the Jordan cellar. Approximately one-third of the barrels we use to age our wines each year are new, and we work […]


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Video: Jordan 2005 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Eat & Drink / January 11, 2010

In this blog and on our YouTube channel, we’ll be posting videos each year where I discuss the latest releases of Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Russian River Valley Chardonnay.  Our 2006 Cabernet and 2008 […]


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Tallowing oak cask doors in winemaking
Behind the Scenes / January 10, 2010

Each December before barrel aging begins, we create the barrel blend for our latest vintage of Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. We only blend two Bordeaux varieties with our Cabernet Sauvignon—Merlot and Petit Verdot—the latter of […]


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