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WELCOME
Since the creation of this magazine 14 years ago, I've been reading welcome letters written by
John Jordan and Winemaker Rob Davis. Now, the time has come for me to pen my first.
While I've been a member of the winemaking team
at Jordan since 2006, the 2019 vintage marks my first
harvest as winemaker. My career at Jordan began
soon after John Jordan took over the winery from
his parents, when Rob hired me as an enologist, and
he mentored me through three promotions over 14
vintages. I have been fortunate to experience the many
winemaking changes that John supported in order to
improve the quality of our wines, from sourcing the
best grapes from top growers to fine-tuning our barrel
selections. As our grape quality vastly improved, our
oak regime had to make certain adjustments to elevate
that gorgeous fruit. I feel blessed to have started at
Jordan when I did, so that I can appreciate both the
changes we have made and the commitment that John
has to supporting the winemaking team in our quest to
make every vintage better than the last.
The 2019 vintage is packed full of some of the most
incredible fruit I've ever tasted, as noted in my vintage
report on page 8. Meticulous vineyard decisions led
to intensely rich fruit flavors, making my inaugural
vintage at the helm a rather easy one. When the fruit
tastes as great as it did in 2019, the wines practically
make themselves. We harvested our last grapes on
October 17, the week before the Kincade Fire swept
through rural, forested areas of Sonoma County,
putting many of our growers in a dangerous position.
I am so grateful that our entire family of growers is
safe, and only a few suffered loss of structures on their
properties. When you come visit us, you will see that
our community is doing great and thriving.
As we tuck away the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon
into French oak barrels for a 12-month slumber,
we celebrate with a glass of the 2016 Cabernet
Sauvignon, our newest release. The 2016 is a delicious
wine with beautiful black cherry and fig aromas, and
it is already smooth and approachable, but has the
silky tannin backbone that will age gracefully for many
years to come. We also release the 2014 Cabernet
Sauvignon in magnum this spring. I personally believe
that the 2014 is one of the most age-worthy wines we
have made in the last 20 years. The increased tannin
combined with a larger vessel make this a wine that will
live for a very long time. The winemaking team is also
excited about the release of the 2018 Chardonnay.
2018 was a fantastic vintage, packed with bright Fuji
apple and citrus blossom aromas, combined with
delicious citrus flavors and our mouthwatering acidity.
Read all about these New Releases on page 54.
I hope to enjoy these wines with you at regional
tastings this spring or perhaps at the winery during
one of our culinary events.
Cheers,
Maggie Kruse, Winemaker
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