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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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Five Changes to Jordan Chardonnay Winemaking: Can You Taste the Difference?
Behind the Scenes / Featured / What's New / March 29, 2017

The inspiration for Jordan Chardonnay is the White Burgundies from Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet, and while we never want to change our crisp, balanced style of wine, John Jordan believes in constant evolution; we are always […]

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Jordan Winemaker Q&A | Harvest Challenges, Farming Techniques
Behind the Scenes / What's New / September 15, 2016

This year marks the 40th anniversary of our first vintage at Jordan, so Sonoma County Vintners asked Winemaker Rob Davis, who has crafted every vintage of Jordan since 1976, to contribute to the new Vintner […]

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Four Secrets to Making an Elegant Chardonnay
Behind the Scenes / Featured / What's New / June 8, 2016

With 40 harvests under his belt, Winemaker Rob Davis knows his way around the vineyard … and the cellar. Here are his top four Chardonnay secrets—approaches used to spotlight the fruit, freshness and minerality in […]

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The Ferrari of bottling lines unveiled at Jordan Winery
Behind the Scenes / What's New / June 29, 2013

A new kind of super car revved its engine at Jordan just days ago. Jordan Winery’s new, state-of-the-art bottling equipment is considered the “Ferrari of bottling lines” by the wine world. The craftsmanship and quality […]

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Batonnage: an old-world winemaking technique preserved each winter
Behind the Scenes / February 23, 2011

Each winter, our barrel cellar is filled with the sound of batons stirring our Chardonnay. The old-world winemaking technique of batonnage, the French term for wine lees stirring, is practiced for every vintage of Jordan Chardonnay. It’s a beautiful cadence […]

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Tallowing: preserving an old-world winemaking technique
Behind the Scenes / January 19, 2011

Our cellar team still practices an old-world winemaking technique that has nearly been lost in modern America’s wine culture: tallowing.  Each winter, the barrel blend of our latest vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon is placed in 6,000-gallon oak casks so the flavors of […]

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Harvest winemaking video: tasting newborn wines during fermentation
Behind the Scenes / December 4, 2010

Assistant Winemaker Maggie Kruse discusses the importance of tasting the grapes and juice throughout the entire winemaking process. Grapes are first tasted during vineyard sampling and once harvested, only the highest quality fruit pressed into […]

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Video: Sending our children off to college (AKA bottling wine)
Behind the Scenes / July 14, 2010

A common perception of winery life during the summer is that the work prior to the harvest is calm, relaxed: the wines are resting peacefully in cask, the winemaker’s boots resting peacefully under the desk. […]

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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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Recycling lees in Chardonnay winemaking
Behind the Scenes / January 13, 2010

One of the vital steps to crafting a great Chardonnay involves lees, residual yeast cells that remain in contact with the wine during fermentation and aging. The lees help give Chardonnay its round mouthfeel and mild tannins. When […]

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