2003 Jordan Chardonnay

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The moderate growing season and a harvest heatwave resulted in a 2003 Jordan Russian River Chardonnay with great balance and finesse.

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Ideal spring weather provided optimal fertilization of our Russian River Valley Chardonnay, yielding a very even crop. Cool, moderate weather prevailed through much of the growing season. As harvest approached, a warming trend elevated sugar levels. The window for picking was very small, creating a sense of urgency in the vineyard. Our entire crop of Russian River Chardonnay was harvested in just 10 days.

Tasting Notes

Aromas of citrus, crisp green apple, kiwi, honey and lightly toasted oak are followed by lively and complex flavors of pear, Fuji apple, quince and limestone balanced with a subtle oak framework.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

2003 Jordan Chardonnay

Harvest Dates

September 18-27, 2003

Vineyards

Four growers with 18 different vineyard blocks

Fermentation

Fermented 100% in small French oak barrels; malolactic fermentation completed to 69%

Sur Lie

Three months

Cooperages

Six French oak coopers; medium toast

Aging

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

Varietal Info

100% Chardonnay

Appellation

Russian River Valley

Regional Sources

93% Russian River Valley,
5% Mendocino County,
2% Alexander Valley

Final Analysis

Alcohol: 13.5%, pH: 3.41

Bottling Dates

June 8-June 23, 2004

Release Date

March 1, 2005

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