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With average temperatures throughout the summer, the
grapes progressed very nicely. 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 smaller, more flavorful 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. We also noticed that
our chardonnay grapes in Russian River Valley, in terms
of maturity, were significantly ahead of the red grapes in
Alexander Valley, which meant we could focus on picking
and crushing the chardonnay at night and not have to
immediately pivot into red varieties throughout the day.
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.
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