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50
MOMENTS
IN JORDAN WINEMAKING
HISTORY
BY JOHN JORDAN
I
t's hard for us to believe, but 2022 marks 50 years since my parents, Tom and Sally
Jordan, embarked on the journey of a lifetime-to grow the finest grapes and make world-class
cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay wines in the beautiful Alexander Valley. As part of our
continuing quest to improve quality with every vintage, we've made many adjustments and
improvements to our viticulture and winemaking practices over the years-from exploring
new fruit sources to tweaking the varieties in the blend for our Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon.
We've replanted the winery's estate vineyards more than once due to vine pests and diseases,
and on each occasion, we have seized the opportunity to refine our mix of varieties and improve
our planting strategies-all with the aim of elevating quality. Jordan undertook extensive soil
mapping of the estate in 2009 to embrace precision farming, and a decade later-inspired
by a desire to conserve natural resources and promote biodiversity-we completed the Certified
California Sustainable certification program for both the vineyard and winery.
We have also made advancements in the cellar. Starting in 2005, Jordan began sourcing fruit
from more grape growers and fine-tuning our barrel selections, which led to the creation of the
2015 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon-our first vintage in history aged exclusively in French oak.
We continue to experiment with new techniques to take Jordan Chardonnay to new heights
(see page 8).
What may be most remarkable about Jordan is that the winery has had only two winemakers
in half a century: Rob Davis, who retired in 2019 after 43 growing seasons, and now Maggie
Kruse, who worked alongside Davis for 13 harvests before taking the helm. Their knowledge
and passion for innovation have helped us hone the Jordan house style and maintain
the thread of quality year after year. We can't wait to see what the next 50 years will bring.
Explore the 50 defining
moments that have helped
shape Jordan's winemaking
since 1972.
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