April 1, 2018 | by Lisa Mattson
Jordan Winery’s annual wine release day is April 1. Today, the 2016 Jordan Russian River Valley Chardonnay and 2014 Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon make their debut—two vintages that share even numbers, but the conditions of the growing seasons could not be more different. View our dedicated New Release Website to see tasting notes and a photo gallery of each vintage. We also captured several reactions to the first taste of these wines on video. And because it’s the first time in Jordan Winery history that our new release day falls on Easter Sunday and April Fools’ Day, we had to create the ultimate Easter egg hunt video. (Scroll down for a laugh.)
While 2014 enjoyed dry, warm weather most of the year and a plentiful crop, 2016 experienced a mild winter, an early bud break, a slightly below-normal crop size, no significant heat spikes and an early finish to the harvest. The 2014 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon is the third in a string of simply incredible vintages: 2012-2013-2014 may be the best trio in a century. The 2014 has simply stunning fruit with layer upon layer of blackberry, black cherry and cassis. The wine’s structure is a reflection of the impact of our increase in French oak and how it beautifully refines and lengthens the finish of our wine.
For Jordan Chardonnay, the 2016 is reminiscent of the 2015—vibrant and precise upon release, taking a cue from the cooler climate of Chablis. The beguiling aroma of citrus blossoms leads to succulent flavors of lemon peel and crisp pears with a firm structure of acidity. This wine will delight any chef who desires a pairing of seductive flavors.