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A Visit to Jordan Vineyard & Winery

2010 April 22

John Jordan, CEOLast weekend, fellow wine bloggers and I were invited out to Jordan for lunch and a tour of their facility. We met John Jordan, CEO, and gained some insight about the winery, their wines and the extraordinary customer experience they provide.

Our visit began on the patio with appetizers and a 2008 Jordan Chardonnay. We moved inside the chateau for the three-course lunch that began with Mero sea bass and Tazmanian salmon with garden-fresh first peas and ramps paired with three vintages, 2005, 2007, 2008, of the Jordan Chardonnay. The next course of grilled Sonoma lamb, fresh carrots from that morning, fava, morels and black garlic jus was served with three vintages, 1999, 2005, 2006, of the Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2005 Chardonnay was my favorite with a light and subtle character and well-integrated oak that complimented the salmon and the sea bass. Of the three Cabs, I really liked the 2005 for its great structure, but with its smooth tannins and evolving complex nose, the 1999 was the overwhelmingly favorite at our table.

After lunch we were able to walk off a few of those calories with a tour of Executive Chef, Todd Knoll’s kitchen and garden, followed by a fascinating vineyard walk with viticulturist, Brent Young, and returning to the French-styled chateau for dessert. It was paired with a 1982 Jordan Rivière Russe, Alexander Valley, made in the style of a great Sauterne from naturally occurring botrytis. Because of the scarcity of natural botrytis rot, Jordan has made only 3 vintages of this wine and it’s available only at the winery.

I was trying to travel light at first and only brought my still camera, but after lunch, I decided that the winery and grounds were too beautiful not to take some video footage, so out came the video gear and here’s the result of lugging around that equipment.

A very special thank-you to Lisa Mattson and everyone at Jordan Vineyard & Winery for a fun and memorable afternoon.

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