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A highly anticipated vintage since the beginning of the growing season, the 2018 is one of the most delicious Chardonnays our Russian River Valley vineyards have ever produced.
A vintage defined by its crispness, vibrancy and freshness. Pretty aromas of honeysuckle, lemon blossom and Fuji apple spring from the glass. The palate boasts bright, lively layers of citrus with a hint of oak and creaminess from careful barrel aging and bâtonnage. Flavors of kumquat, lemon and Fuji apple linger in the juicy, mouthwatering finish. Enjoy now or cellar through 2023.Download Tasting Notes
Due to its crispness and citrus elements, the 2018 Jordan Chardonnay can be enjoyed as an aperitif and is also a versatile food pairing wine. Unlike many fuller-bodied Chardonnays, Jordan Chardonnay will not overpower salads or raw bar favorites, and it also creates a nice contrast of flavors with richer seafood, such as salmon or ahi tuna. The wine’s acidity and oak nuances can complement grilled chicken or roasted vegetable dishes and creamy pastas.
2018 Jordan Chardonnay
September 18—October 14, 2018
11 vineyard blocks from five growers.
Clusters destemmed and gently pressed at night to extract freshness and acidity while avoiding astringent phenolic character from the skins. Inoculated and fermented 13 days in 54% new French oak barrels and 46% in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation limited to only 12% to ensure that aromas were not masked by a buttery component.
Double-sorting of grapes; many press cuts to preserve the free-run juice’s pure flavors.
Five weeks of sur-lie aging (in both stainless steel and barrel) and bâttonage to bring a touch of creaminess to the mid-palate.
French oak barrels from six coopers were chosen based on grain tightness, low tannin potential and light toast levels, allowing for the purity of the fruit to shine.
5.5 months in 100% new French oak.
100% Russian River Valley
Alcohol: 13.7%; T.A.: 0.76g/100mL; pH: 3.32; R.S.: 0.05%
June 12—26, 2019 Fined and filtered before bottling
May 1, 2020
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