2002 Jordan Chardonnay

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The 2002 growing season yielded Chardonnay grapes with optimal sugar development, bright natural acidity, and vibrant fruit character. Partial malolactic fermentation imparted a creamy texture while retaining the 2002 Jordan’s crisp acidity.

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The early part of the 2002 growing season in the Russian River Valley was characterized by moderate temperatures and little precipitation. This placid weather enabled the vines to set a balanced, even crop. Summer weather was near perfect, allowing the grapes to slowly evolve and develop optimal balance of fruit and acidity. Overall, it was an excellent harvest.

Tasting Notes

The 2002 Jordan Chardonnay has aromas of green apple, kiwi, honey and lightly toasted oak, with pear, Fuji apple and limestone on the palate. This wine is past its peak maturity. Drink now.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

2002 Jordan Chardonnay

Harvest Dates

September 10-28, 2002

Vineyards

Four growers with 14 different vineyard blocks

Fermentation

Fermented 100% in small French oak barrels; malolactic fermentation completed to 57%

Sur Lie

Three months

Cooperages

Seven French oak coopers; medium toast

Aging

Aged five months in 100% French oak (35% new oak)

Varietal Info

100% Chardonnay

Appellation

Russian River Valley

Regional Sources

88% Russian River Valley, 12% Mendocino County

Final Analysis

Alcohol: 13.5%; pH: 3.41

Bottling Dates

July 18-August 4, 2003

Release Date

September 1, 2004

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