2015 Jordan Chardonnay

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“A more challenging vintage than its three predecessors, 2015 was marked by a cool, wet spring, which led to a smaller crop (30% below average). Detailed work in the vineyards we now lease and farm ourselves helped to balance and protect the remaining clusters through a warm summer and a hurried harvest. What I find really appealing in the 2015 Jordan are its distinct flinty flavors and textures reminiscent of the limestone soils of Chablis. Though 2015 has more similarities than differences with the 2014, I can’t recall a vintage of Jordan Chardonnay as Old World as this.” -Winemaker Rob Davis

Tasting Notes

Refined aromas of green apple, pear and lemon peel with a flinty note reminiscent of Chablis. Its elegant palate echoes the bouquet with clean, bright flavors of stone fruit and citrus, backed by firm acidity where oak is an afterthought. A touch of creaminess on the mid-palate is followed by lovely mineral notes that carry through an extraordinarily long finish. It would be hard to pick this bottle as Californian in a lineup of Chardonnays. Enjoy now or cellar through 2022.

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Food Pairing Suggestions

With its elegant structure, crisp acidity and citrus flavors, the 2015 Jordan Chardonnay is a versatile wine for food pairing. It will complement a variety of seafood, such as oysters, halibut and poached salmon, as well as light salads and poultry dishes, such as Meyer lemon chicken. The wine’s acidity will also cut through the fat in a pork pâté, rillettes and pasta with cream sauce.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

2015 Jordan Chardonnay

Harvest Dates

August 24—September 7, 2015

Vineyards

Roughly a dozen vineyard blocks from five long-term 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 17 days in 47% stainless steel and 53% new French oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation limited to only 19%.

Selection

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

Sur Lie

Two months of sur-lie aging with a weekly bâtonnage (in both stainless steel and barrel) to heighten the creamy texture of the mid-palate.

Cooperages

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

Aging

6 months in 100% new French oak.

Varietal Info

100% Chardonnay

Appellation

100% Russian River Valley

Final Analysis

Alcohol: 13.7%; T.A.: 0.71g/100mL; pH: 3.37; R.S.: 0.05%

Bottling Dates

June 20—30, 2016
Fined and filtered before bottling

Release Date

April 1, 2017