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WINE
In 2021, we were able to pick when
the fruit tasted delicious and was at its
optimal ripeness. It seems so simple,
but I will never take it for granted again.
SMALL BERRIES, RICH FLAVORS
As the growing season progressed, we noticed
that the extreme drought was preventing berries
from reaching their usual size; in particular,
cabernet sauvignon berries were unusually
small. Since the grapes' tannins all come from
the skins and seeds, I was concerned that
a higher skin-to-juice ratio in the cabernet
sauvignon grapes could make the finished
wine more tannic than in a typical year. I knew
we were going to need more merlot fruit
to soften the above-average cabernet sauvignon
tannins. Luckily Dana Grande, our grower
relations manager, was able to procure some
exceptional merlot grapes in the Sonoma and
Dry Creek valleys. These new merlot blocks
brought rich, cherry flavors with silky, soft
tannins-essential to the smooth house style
of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon.
we had very light rainfall, and it all came
in the winter months, forcing us to irrigate
the vines much earlier in the season-all while
trying to ration water. Fortunately, great
spring weather led to a balanced bud break
and healthy shoot growth.
UNTIMELY HIGH WINDS
High winds during flowering significantly
affected the merlot crop, blowing the everimportant
young blossoms right off the vine.
The lower number of blooms on the vine
results in less fruit, and these winds decreased
merlot yields by 30-40 percent. Fortunately,
only merlot was affected by the high winds,
as chardonnay was mostly finished with bloom
and cabernet sauvignon vines had yet to flower.
GLORIOUS WEATHER DURING FALL
As summer faded into fall, we were fortunate
to have mild temperatures, and chardonnay
harvest began on September 7. As the weather
cooperated, the chardonnay continued to roll
in at an easy pace with bright acidity and
citrus flavors. A predicted lightning storm
had us all concerned about fire potential
on September 9, but we were fortunate that
we had no fires. The next night, we resumed
the chardonnay harvest and continued into
merlot, malbec, cabernet sauvignon and petit
verdot. The drought and lower yields brought
beautiful complexity to the fruit.
The 2021 vintage is one to make room for
in the cellar. I expect both chardonnay and
cabernet sauvignon to express intense fruit
flavors and exquisite structure upon release,
but I'm already looking forward to seeing how
the 2021 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon ages
through the decades. This exceptional vintage
is a reminder of the old adage: The best things
come in small packages. P
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