Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Healdsburg

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Our intent is to make the best and most interesting wines from our property with a willingness to work with Mother Nature rather than against her. This means planting grapes that are more expressive–because they are better suited to our site–regardless of the current market trends.

The same principles that guide our vineyard practices are applied to the way we make wine:

Harvest and Fermentation

We strive to pick our grapes at that ephemeral moment when they have the most to give. We try to steer the fermentation in a direction we believe reflects the inherent grape characteristics, the soil they are grown in and the weather of a particular year. To achieve that, the winemaking is shed of as many external influences as possible, i.e. commercial yeasts, acidity correction or fining agents. While chemical analysis of must and wine can be helpful, it is ultimately our senses and intuition that enlighten our choices.

Natural or hands-off winemaking doesn’t mean thoughtless winemaking. We stay away from technological or chemical tools but we do influence the fermentation dynamics -and the resulting extraction of grape compounds into the wine- through physical process’ like temperature control, intensity of crushing, frequency of punch-downs and pump-overs, length of maceration time, etc..

In our quest for truer-to-their-roots wines we adopted the antique whole cluster fermentation method that is still widely used in the Rhone: grapes are harvested very cold early in the morning, sorted and placed in shallow wood or stainless steel tanks where they are then stomped by foot. The fermentation starts naturally after 5 days of soaking thanks to indigenous yeasts. We started experimenting with whole cluster fermentation on Syrah in 2005 and have now extended the technique to Mourvedre and Grenache. The presence of stems and a higher proportion of whole berries in the fermenter seems to widen the aromatic profile of the wines (more peppery and floral notes) as well as providing them with a focused structure.

Blending

Every year, some wines may have some shortcomings or be slightly out of balance; Rather than artificially altering them to make them fit into a preconceived mold, we use blending as a shaping tool. Need a little more acidity? Try a few percents of Barbera. Need some structure? A bit of Syrah or Petite Sirah will do.

Blending also provides some wonderful synergies (when the combination of two wines is greater than the individual components) like Grenache with Syrah or Zinfandel with Petite Sirah.

If there is an art in winemaking (I think it is more of a craft personally), blending is where it is most apparent. Like a painter with colors or a composer with notes (metaphors are a dime a dozen), the winemaker has this unique opportunity to create a new wine out of sometimes 6 or 7 different individuals wine lots. We blend in the spring when wines have had a chance to settle down and are starting to show their real face. Not unlike a good host we sit some of them at the same table hoping that they will strike a lively conversation, sometimes deep, sometimes just entertaining.

Aging

Aging is a big part of winemaking and I do want to stress the importance that oak barrels have taken today: some well meaning people will go to extreme lengths (gentle handling of the grapes, gravity flow, all natural winemaking, etc…) to respect the integrity of their grapes and then proceed to completely obliterate the personality of their wines with new oak. What a waste…Not that we haven’t erred ourselves on the dark over-oaky side of the force before, but we have learned, I think… We aim to integrate oak flavors and tannins by selecting barrels with a more subtle impact or by using Foudres (600 gallons barrels with a smaller surface to volume ratio) on our Grenache for instance.

Some of our wines showcase a unique site on our property, others reflect the influence of a certain clone or a winemaking technique like whole cluster fermentation. All are given the same care and attention. All are intended to give a pleasure that is hopefully as cerebral as physical.
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  • We are huge fans of Jordan wines and were very excited for this tour/tasting. They did not disappoint. Our host, Brendan was awesome! His knowledge and personality were first rate. The wines and chees...  more »
  • This winery was selected by the Vineyard in Newbury to be part of a wine day. My wife went and on the back we decided to visit when we toured Sonoma. This place that has scale and presence. The founde...  more »
  • We chose the Winery Tour and Library Tasting. Christopher was our guide and he was wonderful. He showed us around the grounds and the views are beautiful. We drank Chardonnay in the courtyard overlook...  more »
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  • Attended our first picnic day at Jordan!! Could not have asked for a more perfect day!! Sun was shining and the chilled Chardonnay was amazing! Food, staff and wine was exceptional. Can’t wait to come back to celebrate my birthday here!!
  • Best winery. Probably biased because my boyfriend works here. But I look forward to every opportunity that I have to visit the grounds. They're innovative and produce lovely wines.
  • Wonderful estate. Very welcoming. For my taste, was a little too "in your face". I'm sure there is a place for those who would prefer the high society, but for someone just visiting that is breathing to wine tasting, it can be a little much
  • I don’t see how a tasting at Jordan could be anything less than 5 stars. A bit on the expensive side but there is a strong logic to that... lovely wines and even lovelier experience!
  • My wife and I did a weekend in Napa valley and had the opportunity to do the tour and tasting at Jordan. It was an amazing experience and we had a blast. The estate is beautiful and the main chateau on site is beautiful. The wine was delicious and it is so cool to see how the winery sticks with a spectacular cabernet and a Chardonnay. If you have the opportunity to visit Jordan you definitely should!
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