Located at the northern end of Sonoma County, Alexander Valley is a long, narrow winegrowing region defined by the Russian River winding through its west side and Mayacamas Mountains lining its eastern borders. The diversity of the terrain and its soils is fascinating for both vintners and scientists.
With 15,000 acres planted to grapevines but only about 40 wineries, Alexander Valley is a peaceful, rustic Sonoma wine region with undiscovered back roads, though winemakers have prized its fertile hills for decades. Alexander Valley’s warm climate, ideal soil chemistry and rolling hillside topography are most suited to Bordeaux grapes. The best Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec grapes thrive from the gentle benchland slopes to the hilltop mountain ridges, thanks to the valley’s inland locale and its array of soils rich in calcium, gravel, sand and clay.
Grand cru classé wines of Bordeaux were built around a rigorous classification system, and we believe new-world winemaking that honors our old-world peers should be no different. Our winegrowing philosophy guides us to use a diverse collection of cru-quality vineyards in Jordan winemaking—Jordan Estate hillside vineyard blocks and benchland and hillside family grower parcels, known as the “Côte de Jordan.”
When fully planted, Jordan Estate about 120 acres of Bordeaux varieties under vine, divided into 20 individual blocks: roughly 88 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, 24 acres of Petit Verdot, four acres of Merlot and three acres of Malbec. Using results from an extensive soil-mapping study, our vineyards are micro-farmed according to soil type, texture and water-holding capacity. Our vineyards are sustainably certified
and carry numerous green business certifications
. The oldest vines were planted in 1996, but a replant of all estate vineyards
is underway from 2018 to 2021.
Côte de Jordan
We fondly refer to a clustered collection of our extraordinary grower vineyards as the “Côte de Jordan.” Situated in the center of the Alexander Valley appellation just east of Geyserville at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains, these 40 vineyard blocks dot the region’s cru-quality benchland and hillside slopes. Each vineyard has its distinct nuances, enhanced by well-drained soils and perfectly balanced with minerals and nutrients. These factors allow the grapes to fully ripen at lower sugar levels, ensuring a food-friendly style of Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
. All Jordan grower vineyards are Sonoma Sustainable certified.
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