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Jordan Vineyard & Winery: producer profile

Much has changed at this Alexander Valley winery in the past five years – yet the style of its Sonoma County Chardonnay and Cabernet has remained. Jonathan Cristaldi pays Jordan a visit to find out about new winemakers and vineyards and tastes mini verticals of the wines.

I last set foot at Jordan Vineyard & Winery in Sonoma’s Alexander Valley nearly five years ago. That was before the retirement of 43-year veteran winemaker Rob Davis in 2019 which preceded a host of renovations to the winery’s tasting rooms, exterior gardens and private suites.

Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores for 10 Jordan wines

Indeed, everything was new to me when I dropped by recently, including head winemaker Maggie Kruse. Yet the house style that Davis had perfected has remained all but unchanged. Arguably even better.

Let’s backtrack a bit. The 2016 harvest (and my last visit) marked Jordan’s 40th anniversary of producing Chardonnay. The first Jordan Chardonnay was bottled in 1979, made with grapes from the original Alexander Valley estate vineyard.

In this post:

  • Jordan Vineyard & Winery: the story to date
  • Jordan Vineyards & Winery: at a glance

Jonathan Cristaldi tastes 10 Jordan wines:

Wines are shown by colour and vintage, in descending order.

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