Jordan has been producing benchmark wines in Sonoma since 1976 (in the case of its Cabernet Sauvignon) and 1979 (Chardonnay). Vintage after vintage, Jordan’s are among the most reliably expressive, food-friendly wines in the state. These two current releases are no different.
Jordan Chardonnay 2009, Russian River Valley
Warm pear, quince paste, cinnamon, vanilla, and fresh buttered popcorn aromas lead to bright, vivid flavors of lemon curd, crisp apple, lime, and white-blossomed flowers. There is a seam of distinct minerality running down the center of this vibrant, expressive Chardonnay, promising a nice evolution over the next few years. Drink now - 2016.
Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Alexander Valley
Utterly, thrillingly classic nose of currants, chocolate, warm clay, and graphite, as well as the slightest hint of flowers in the deep background. Flavors of ripe cherries, currants, and black peppercorn are carried on a silky, bright palate, the tannins well-integrated, the finish pointing in the direction of black tea. This is a young wine still, sneakily complex but still holding a fair bit back in reserve. Hold it for 3 - 5 years, and then drink over the next 5 - 6. Delicious.
[Note: Jordan has been doing amazing video work in recent years. Click here to watch winemaker Rob Davis discuss the excellent 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon.]