April 28, 2011 | by Rob Davis

2007 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley releases officially on May 1.

2009 Jordan Chardonnay Russian River Valley releases officially on May 1.

In my 35 years as winemaker at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, I cannot recall a more exciting time to be working with these wines. We are truly entering a winemaking Renaissance, thanks to John Jordan’s desire to push the boundaries of wine quality and our deep understanding of local soils and vineyards forged over three decades. The finest grands crus of the world recognized centuries ago the importance of soil type, not just husbandry, in making a wine of true greatness. We are simply following the lead of our peers.

Last year’s wine releases signified our first step to elevate and enhance fruit concentration and complexity since John Jordan took the reins in 2005. An anticipated sequel to the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2008 Chardonnay, our latest vintages officially release May 1, 2011. And it is one of those rare occasions where the sequel will likely outshine its revered predecessor.

Our 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon combines an exceptional vintage with our commitment to enhanced fruit sourcing and extended bottle age. The 2007 growing season made this vintage a winemaker’s dream. A smaller crop yielded more concentrated blackberry and cassis flavors in the grapes, and moderate temperatures allowed the fruit to mature slowly and beautifully. Combining our finest estate blocks with coveted grower vineyard parcels, our 2007 vintage is truly a compilation of the great single vineyards of the region blended into one bottle. This seamless, silky wine is reminiscent in style to Saint-Julien, making it my proudest Cabernet Sauvignon release to date.

Our 2009 Chardonnay continues our progression to highlight the bright fruit flavors and crisp acidity found in the finest Russian River Valley grapes. A wine defined by elegance and finesse, the 2009 Chardonnay compares favorably to my other favorite Chardonnay, a well-crafted Puligny-Montrachet. Less malolactic fermentation has allowed the fragrant fruit in our 2009 vintage to take center stage.

We’re considering hosting a live webcast tasting of these wines next month. Please let us know if you’re interested in receiving more information.