2012 Jordan Chardonnay

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2012 was truly a phenomenal growing season with the best weather—every winemaker’s dream. The foundation for the 2012 Jordan Russian River Valley Chardonnay was a bountiful crop that exhibited exceptionally vibrant, stone fruit characters and bright acidity, ensuring a delicious white wine for food pairing that is more akin to France than California.

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750ML $35.00

“Perfection is a noble pursuit, but as a winemaker, your only hope is to come close. The 2012 growing season—although maybe not perfect—was so close, it was a dream year. I think the 2012 Jordan Chardonnay is about as close to Burgundy as we’ve ever come.” — Winemaker Rob Davis

TASTING NOTES

Jordan’s 2012 Chardonnay sets a new benchmark for future vintages. Perfume-like aromas of mandarin orange and white raspberry open to a rich palate of fresh green apple and mango. Hand-crafted French oak nuances on the mid-palate are supported by a creamy texture and balanced finish, creating a white wine designed to stand the test of time. Enjoy now paired with seasoned white meat or creamy pasta dishes or cellar through 2018.

Last Tasted: January 5, 2015

FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS

The 2012 Jordan Chardonnay is the ultimate food pairing wine at the dinner table, acting as a complement, contrast or bridge to vast flavors. Expressions of clean and precise fruit, a vivid backbone of acidity and subtle oak nuances are its key components to versatility. From halibut ceviche, abalone tiradito and grilled sand dabs to soft-shell crab, garden tempura and grilled chicken, the wine and food pairing options for this Sonoma Chardonnay are limitless. Some of the best Chardonnay food pairing recipes can be found in our Recipes library.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

2012 Jordan Chardonnay

Harvest Dates

September 18–October 7, 2012

Vineyards

Roughly 20 vineyard blocks from eight small growers.

Fermentation

Clusters destemmed and gently pressed at night to extract freshness and acidity while avoiding astringent phenolic character from the skins. Inoculated and fermented 12 days in roughly two-thirds French oak barrels and one-third stainless steel. Malolactic fermentation limited to 29%.

Selection

Double-sorting of grapes (in vineyard and at winery); press cuts done by taste to preserve purity of free-run juice flavors.

Sur Lie

Ten weeks of sur-lie aging with some of bâtonnage to heighten the creamy texture of the mid-palate

Cooperages

French oak barrels from eight coopers were chosen based on tightness of grain, low tannin potential and light toast levels, allowing the fruit profile to shine.

Aging

100% French oak for 6.5 months; 42% new oak

Varietal Info

100% Chardonnay

Appellation

Russian River Valley

Regional Sources

100% Russian River Valley

Final Analysis

Alcohol: 13.7%; T.A.: 0.75g/100mL; pH: 3.34; R.S.: 0.05%

Bottling Dates

June 10–27, 2013 Fined and filtered before bottling

Release Date

May 1, 2014