Jordan Winery in the heart of Alexander Valley known for bottling Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay and known for it’s beautiful Chateau tasting room and winery–in fact that is what the majority of visitors experience here. Beginning September 5, 2013 you can take a tour to take a visit beyond the brick wall differentiating between winery building and the rest of the estate.
I was fortunate to visit on a pre-launch tour to experience this large estate in great comfort in a wonderfully and perfectly air conditioned Mercedes van through the woods, vines, gardens and pond. I have seen this estate before in Jordan videos but it was important to see up close. Alexander Valley looks close to and yet so distinctive to it’s neighbours of Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley and of course different than Napa.
The Jordan Estate is a site of about 1,200 acres and 112 acres of Bordeaux varieties from Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot, to Merlot; there is 18 acres of olive groves producing olive oil from Arbequina, Frantoio, Pendolino and Leccino. There is also an herb, vegetable and fruit garden of over an acre.
Vineyard management is pristine and embraces sustainability principles. I have seen and walked many vineyard sites and here I enjoyed seeing the immaculate touches of keeping magnificent trees amongst the vine row. Not often a common feature in any vineyard site–a tree may “take up too much” room but it is essential for hawks and other wildlife to find a home–a beautiful site to see.
I could not have been here any better time of the year. Warm but not hot, glorious sunshine and each vine completely stored with perfectly growing Vitis vinifera. But there is no wine country visit where I have picked the “wrong” time of year to visit.
On my tour I saw the miniature donkeys–very affectionate animals. Across from the barn is a chef’s delight of vegetable, herbs, and fruit trees; I tasted the Kadota figs and cherry tomatoes. Any garden visit is made complete when I find rosemary, marjoram, and thyme.
With Our first food and wine pairing–we started with 2010 and 2011 Jordan Russian River Valley Chardonnay served with just picked carrots, fennel, figs and yellow peaches in estate olive oil. Each Russian River Valley Chardonnay were evident in their minimal intervention and each wine superbly elegant and differentiated from one another. A rare treat to enjoy sculpted Russian River Valley fruit and in the background was the estate’s beautiful lake.
Our next voyage was to stop in rows of Malbec first; tasting is encouraged–and a great way of tasting the fruit before it becomes wine; and between we passed a few bay leaf trees–a gorgeous and intense scent from each fallen tiny leaf. The senses experience continued to tasting gorgeous Petit Verdot. We finally ascended to the highest point of the estate which has a panoramic view of the entire Alexander Valley and no better place to enjoy Cabernet Sauvignon. We tasted 2002 and 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon. We enjoyed a Bento box filled with three cheese; a Brie with black truffle, an aged Gouda and a sheep’s cheese with estate olive oil. We were also served a small Cassoule dish with local beef. A perfect way to have generous and delicious proteins to match the fine Cabernet Sauvignons. The 2002 was vivid an in focus and could easily go on for another 10 years. The 2009 Cabernet was definitive and remarkably different in characterization than it’s older brother.
The Jordan Estate Tour and Tasting is a rare glimpse of a fine and vibrant vineyard, gardens, groves, pastures in any wine country. A high recommendation for the estate tour. And I look forward to a return visit and in the meantime time there is always a bottle of Jordan Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon nearby.
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